Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was recently named a Fellow of ASM International. In doing so the global organization of more than 20,000 members recognizes Gupta for making “significant contributions in the field of materials science and engineering.”
Considered one of the highest honors in the materials engineering field, Gupta was singled out for “pioneering contributions to the science and technology of lightweight polymer and metal matrix composites.” Gupta, who is also affiliated with the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, and the NYU Center for Cybersecurity, was also recognized for exceptional dedication to the educating the public about scientific discoveries.
Over the past few years, Gupta has been the focal point of initiatives at NYU to promote emerging 3D manufacturing technologies, and strategies to protect them from cyber risks. His recent technical accomplishments in this area include developing a method to hide secret codes in printed parts in order to verify that part’s provenance. He has also advocated for increased research in this area by regularly putting together panel discussions and workshops on the topic. Last summer, he also helped to organize a National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program that brought together undergraduates from India and the U.S. to work on research initiatives in cybersecurity and 3-D manufacturing.
Among Gupta’s other research pursuits are using machine learning tools to reverse engineer printing orientation to discover the makeup of proprietary materials. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), he is also exploring how to create a “zero waste paradigm” for lithium ion (Li-ion) and lead acid (LA) lithium-ion batteries.
Gupta is a recipient of the 2020 Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Brimacombe Medalist Award, the ASM International Silver Medal, , the TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, and a Visiting Lectureship Award from the ASM-Indian Institute of Metals.
In acknowledging the honor, NYU Tandon Dean Jelena Kovačević states, “Nikhil’s election to the elite ranks of ASM Fellows is a well-deserved acknowledgement of his scholarship, research, and mentorship of students.” She adds, “It also speaks to the quality and innovative work of our faculty in all of our areas of excellence.”