Vikas Tomar

Vikas Tomar

2009 - Professor


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: +1 765 494 0307


Mechanical Raman Spectroscopy;
Energy and Energetic Materials;
In-Situ Shock Loading Analyses;
Hypersonics and Space Environment Testing;
Data Science and Machine Learning Aided Extreme Environment Sensor Design;
Battery Management Systems;
Additive Manufacturing with Emphasis on integrating cold Spray for space and extreme environments;

Awards and Major Appointments

• Dean's Fellowship- Berkeley Haas School of Business Executive MBA Program (2021-23);
• 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 in energy, aerospace, and defense with emphasis on basic research focused on material interfaces under shock loading, irradiation, extreme temperatures and other extreme environments and on applied research focused on developing sensing based solutions that can be used in field by working engineers. Specific Problem Solution Areas are:

Energy and Energetic Materials;
In-Situ Shock Loading Analyses;
Hypersonics and Space Environment Testing;
Data Science and Machine Learning Aided Extreme Environment Sensor Design;
Battery Management Systems;
​Additive Manufacturing with Emphasis on integrating cold Spray for space and extreme environments;

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. Prof. Tomar in his career has graduated 13 PhDs, 18 MS with Thesis students, and multiple non-thesis/undergrad special topic research project students. Professor Tomar has published over 110 international journal publications (h-index 30), filed 6 research patent/disclosures (awarded 2 patents), written 45 international reviewed proceeding articles and book chapters, given 16 keynote talks in international conferences, given over 50 invited talks in conferences and universities, written 2 published books with more than 3000 copies sold, and edited 5 research volumes. He has been part of over 33 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). Professor Tomar’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 won 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. His students have won multiple excellent 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 that Dr. Tomar advised, NSF best poster award to grad student Ming Gan and Self, Best paper award at TMS to Bing Li and self (and other co-authors), Chorafus foundation best PhD dissertation finalist to Ming Gan, College of Engineering outstanding service award to grad student Devendra Verma, and other 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. Students after graduation have enjoyed successful career in academia US government agencies national labs and industry. Five lab alumni have either tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in universities in USA, Mexico, India, China, and S Korea.


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