TMS Chooses NYU-Poly Professor for Young Leader Development Award
Materials scientists and engineers honor Nikhil Gupta
NEW YORK, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), has been awarded a Young Leader Professional Development Award from the Structural Materials Division of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, known as TMS. This organization encompasses the entire range of materials science and engineering professionals, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials.
Gupta’s recent research focuses on developing lightweight materials with high damage tolerance for helmets, body armor and automobile structures–work with enormous practical applications in both peacetime and on the battlefield. In addition to fundamental research supported by federal agencies, he is currently working with several small companies on developing innovative technologies and products such as lightweight composite automotive brake rotors that could significantly improve fuel economy and lightweight blast-resistant materials for the military.
He has been widely acknowledged for his ability to convey to the general public the complex science behind his discoveries, and among the high-profile print and broadcast outlets that have covered him are the Discovery Channel, Reuters and Scientific American. His explanation of the science behind athletic helmet construction was featured by NBC as part of a National Science Foundation-sponsored video series for the 2012 Summer Olympics that attracted more than 125 million viewers.
NYU-Poly Acting President and Provost Katepalli R. Sreenivasan said, “Nikhil Gupta is doing important research work, and we are exceptionally proud that he is a part of NYU-Poly. His students learn from his example that solid research and groundbreaking discoveries can result in technologies and products of practical significance. “
Gupta holds a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science and a doctorate in engineering science from Louisiana State University. His many other honors include the 2007 and 2009 Visiting Lectureship Award from the American Society for Metals-Indian Institute of Metals and an ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship from the Air Force Research Laboratory.
“I am grateful to the TMS for recognizing me and for always being supportive of my professional development,” Gupta said.
The TMS, which has some 11,000 members in more than 70 countries, inaugurated the Young Leaders Professional Development Award to help dynamic young people from the society’s five technical divisions participate in TMS activities and make important contacts within the organization.
About Polytechnic Institute of New York University
The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Polytechnic University, now widely known as NYU-Poly) is an affiliated institute of New York University, soon to be its School of Engineering. NYU-Poly, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. It is presently a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a 159-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. It remains on the cutting edge of technology, innovatively extending the benefits of science, engineering, management and liberal studies to critical real-world opportunities and challenges, especially those linked to urban systems, health and wellness, and the global information economy. In addition to its programs on the main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it offers programs around the globe remotely through NYUe-Poly. NYU-Poly is closely connected to engineering in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai and to the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) also at MetroTech, while operating two incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.poly.edu.
SOURCE Polytechnic Institute of New York University