Dr. Pankaj Kumar



Assistant Professor



Mechanical Engineering


Describe your research in about 200 words.

My research goals are to (a) develop materials utilizing the advanced manufacturing methodologies, (b) study physical, chemical, mechanical, and electrochemical phenomena at the mesoscale, and (c) use the engineered microstructure for novel aerospace, automobile, jet engines, nuclear structures, advanced heat exchangers, biomedical, and other applications. I aim to complement the current fundamental understanding of the microstructure-property relationships at the mesostructure scale of materials, as well as provide strategic methods for improved material/alloy design. My main research focus is (i) additive manufacturing techniques, (ii) developing advanced manufacturing strategies for metal and alloys, (iii) designing microstructure and alloys for extreme environments, (iv) improving the understanding of deformation micro-mechanisms in metallic materials, and (v) fatigue and fracture behavior of metal and alloys.


What’s the most interesting thing you have learned from a student?

A comprehensive grasp of fundamental principles of engineering and science, a deep understanding of the subject, and the ability to solve new problems can be achieved by interacting with multi-disciplinary groups.