Nikhilesh Chawla

Nikhilesh Chawla

Ransburg Professor Of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

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

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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.


  • 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

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of ASM International
  • Past member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Board of Directors
  • University of Michigan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2018
  • Acta Materialia Silver Medal - 2017
  • New Mexico Tech Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2016
  • Structural Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award - 2016
  • Functional Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award, both from TMS - 2016
  • Brimacombe Medalist Award from TMS - 2013
  • Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, given by ASM International - 2004
  • National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award - 2001
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award - 2001
  • Postdoctoral Scholars

    Sridhar Niverty

    Hamid Torbatisarraf

    Fengjiang Wang, Visiting Scholar