Nikhilesh Chawla

Nikhilesh Chawla

Ransburg Professor of Materials Engineering, and Co-Director, Semiconductor Degree Programs

Contact Information

Office: ARMS 2313
Phone: +1 765 49-47703
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 1997
  • M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1994
  • B.S. Materials Engineering with high honors, New Mexico Tech, 1993

Research Interests

Prof. Chawla’s research is in the area Four-Dimensional (4D) materials science with a particular emphasis on the deformation behavior of advanced materials at bulk and small length scales. He has co-authored close to 260 refereed journal publications (Web of Science h-index of 46; Scopus h-index of 50; Google Scholar h-index of 57) and over 500 presentations in these areas. He has over 12,000 citations to his work. He is the author of the textbook Metal Matrix Composites (co-authored with K.K. Chawla), published by Springer. The 2nd edition of this book was published in 2013. Prof. Chawla is editor of Materials Science and Engineering A published by Elsevier (2019 Impact Factor of 4.7). He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Materials Characterization and Materials Chemistry and Physics.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Eshan Ganju

Hamid Torbatisarraf

Undergraduate Students

Krish Gupta

Caitlin O'Brien

Christopher Trombley