Vikas Tomar

Vikas Tomar

2009 - Professor
University Faculty Scholar, 2016-2021


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, December 2005
M. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, Chennai, India, May 2001
B. Tech., National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, May 1998


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 2033
Office Phone: (765) 494-3423
Office Fax: (765) 494-0307


1. Application of Nanomechanical Raman Spectroscopy and data science in shock research;
2. Use of data science for combined edge-cloud solutions for deploying high voltage batteries in sensitive applications;
3. Frugal Engineering;

Awards and Major Appointments

• co-Advisor: Sushrut Karmarkar, Forum on Tracking Detector Mechanics 2022, INFN Frascati, Italy. Won the Best Paper award (2022);
• Associate Editor ASME Open Journal of Engineering (2021-24);
• TMS advisor to best student presentation in real time imaging symposium competition awarded for nanosecond microscale shock imaging (2021);
• TMS advisor to EPD/LMD Best Paper Award-Energy with students awarded for machine learning based management (2020);
• Seeds for Success Award at Purdue University (2017, 2018, 2020)
• College of Engineering Most Impactful Faculty Inventor (2019)
• W A Gustafson Best Teacher Award in AAE (2019-20 session)
• VAJRA Faculty award by Govt. of India (2019)
• CT Sun Research Award (2017)
• University Faculty Scholar (2016-21)
• ASME Fellow (2016)
• AIAA Associate Fellow (2015)
• Associate Editor-ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (2015-21)
• Key Reader-Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (2014-2021)
• Kauffman ELA Award, Purdue University (2013)
• Advisory Editor-Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, Elsevier (2013-14)
• Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Experimental and Computational Biomechanics (2013-18)
• Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Nanoscience (2013-current)
• Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) Program Fellow (2012-13)
• NSF Junior Oberwolfach Fellow, Mechanics of Materials Workshop, The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, Germany (2012)
• Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation(LSAMP)-Indiana Outstanding Mentor Award (2011)
• Elsevier-Materials Science and Engineering-C Young Researcher Award (2010)
• TMS (Mineral, Metals, and Materials Society) Early Career Faculty Fellow-Honorable Mention (2010)
• American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Materials Division 'Orr' Family Award for excellence in failure of materials research (2010)
• The US-Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFoSR) Young Investigator Program Award (2009)
• Associate Editor, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (2011-17)
• Nano-Science and Technology (NaST) fellowship (2003-2004) recipient at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
• Woodruff Fellowship for the highest score in mechanical engineering PhD qualifying exams (Spring 2002) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
• Prof. BVA Rao Endowment Prize for being the student with the best academic record among the branches of Engineering Mechanics, Industrial Tribology, Maintenance Engineering and Management, and Machine Dynamics branches of M.Tech. (IIT Madras-2001)
• Prof. B Sengupto Prize for being the student with best academic record in the mechanical engineering branch of M.Tech. (IIT Madras-2001)
• DAAD Fellowship German Study Abroad Program (Institute B Fuer Mechanik, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, 2000-2001)
• HMT Gold Medal for first academic rank in B Tech program (NIT Kurukshetra-1998)

Research Areas

Interfacial Multiphysics Lab is focused on advancing Mechanical Raman Spectroscopy (MRS), an analytical experimental method developed by lab members (US Patent 9,778,194, Review of Scientific Instruments 85, 013902 (2014)), to solve important extreme environment operational problems with emphasis on basic research focused on material interfaces and on applied research focused on developing sensing based solutions for working engineers. Specific Problem Solution Areas are:

1. Application of Nanomechanical Raman Spectroscopy and data science in shock research: Here we regularly do testing at velocities exceeding few km/sec to understand dynamic deformation of materials at microscale.
2. Use of data science for combined edge-cloud solutions for deploying high voltage batteries in sensitive applications: Here we are developing AI/ML solutions for hard deployment scenarios.
3. Frugal Engineering: Here we are focused on an ecosystem of finance and technology partnerships across the world to engage tech transfer at grassroots.

Lab Director, Prof. Tomar started his career as an assistant professor in January 2006 after graduating from Georgia Tech with PhD in mechanical Engineering in December 2005. He was promoted to full professor in 2016 at Purdue University. Lab has graduated 14 PhDs, 20 MS-Thesis students, and multiple non-thesis/undergrad special topic research project students. Lab has published over 400 publications (h-index > 30), filed 6 research patent/disclosures (awarded 4 patents), written 2 published books with more than 3000 copies sold, and edited 5 research volumes. Lab has been part of over 34 externally funded projects of more than $30 million from Industry, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Surface Warfare Center, National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DoE), ARMY, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFoSR). Lab’s excellence in research has been recognized by a number of awards including VAJRA award from Govt of India, AFoSR young investigator award for high temperature interface thermomechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Orr early career award for excellence in fracture and fatigue, The Mineral, Metal, and Materials Societies (TMS) early career faculty fellow-honorable mention award for materials research, inaugural Elsevier Material Science and Engineering journals’ early career young researcher award for interface mechanics, Purdue’s Seeds for Success Awards (2017, 2018, 2020), Purdue’s CT Sun Research award, Purdue’s University Faculty Scholar Award, and multiple other best paper awards. For his contribution to profession, Dr. Tomar has been elected an ASME Fellow in 2016 and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow in 2015. He has been bestowed with multiple mentorship and teaching awards including Indiana LSAMP outstanding mentor award, Purdue School of Aeronautics Best undergraduate teacher Gustafson award etc. He has organized multiple conferences as track chair and conference co-organizer with various Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor positions at reputed journals. Lab student members have won multiple research and service awards at undergraduate and graduate level including Mitchell Scholarship award to Milad Alucozai that is first ever awarded in Purdue’s undergraduate education history, NASA Rascal award to an undergraduate team, NSF best poster award with grad student Ming Gan, Best paper awards at TMS with Bing Li and Abhijeet Dhiman, Chorafus foundation best PhD dissertation finalist to Ming Gan, College of Engineering outstanding service award to Devendra Verma, and numerous other student awards such as Blissland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue's Nominee for external Best Master's Thesis competitions, multiple Lynn Fellowships, and finally numerous student conference travel awards sponsored by organizations across the world. Students after graduation have enjoyed successful career in academia US government agencies national labs and industry. Seven lab alumni have either tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in universities in USA, Mexico, India, China, and S Korea.