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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 Phone: 765-494-3423
Office Fax: +1 765 494 0307


Dr. Vikas Tomar earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006. He worked as an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame from 2006-2009. In 2009 he joined Purdue as an assistant professor where he was promoted to a full professor position in 2016. Dr. Tomar has made specific contributions in predicting role of interfaces and grain boundaries in failure of metallic alloys, ceramics, biomaterials, and polymer composites deployed in extreme environment applications such as high temperature, nuclear, extreme corrosion, high strain rate, and explosion/energetics. His approach has focused on experimental measurement of properties in extreme environments (high temperature, nuclear, corrosion, high strain rate, explosion/energetics) and incorporation of such measurements in in-house computational codes that interface well with various commercial and freeware codes. Dr. Tomar and his students have developed a new experimental paradigm based on nanomechanical and micromechanical Raman spectroscopy (US Patent issued). In this paradigm in-situ simultaneous measurements of nanoscale and mesoscale thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties in a material can be performed while the structure is being loaded ex-situ. The ability to perform combined measurements of nanoscale and micro/mesoscale properties provides an unprecedented platform where multiscale simulations predictions at two separate length scales can be linked via experimental observations in a single setting (e.g. measuring extreme environment interface properties and its influence on material failure in single setting). The simulation methods developed in his group include: (a) a new non-equilibrium Green’s function (NEGF) based formalism to understand the influence of extreme environment assisted phase transformation in nanostructured materials, and (b) a new variant of the cohesive finite element method (CFEM) to analyze microstructure dependent failure with an account of microscale and higher scale material and microstructural stochasticity. He has written two books on mechanics of materials and edited multiple proceedings and journal special issues. He is an author of more than 100 international journal paper articles and book chapters with 90% of the article written solely with his undergraduate and graduates students.

Awards and Major Appointments

• Seeds for Success Award at Purdue University (2017-18)
• 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-)
• 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-)
• 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)
•Executive Editor, Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology (2012-16); Associate Editor, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (2011-17); Editorial Board Member, Journal of Multifunctional Composites (since 2013)