Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
Phone: 480.965.4541    
Office: ERC 265 [map] Web:


Kumar Ankit is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at the Arizona State University (ASU). He received an Integrated B.Tech.-M.Tech. degree (2010) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU and obtained Ph.D. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where he graduated summa cum laude. Following graduation, he was appointed as Group Leader at KIT, where he received a Young Investigator award from the German Research Foundation to pursue his research on the microstructural pattern formation in multicomponent steels. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Texas A&M University where he worked in the area of modeling and simulations of pattern formation in vapor-deposited films. Ankit specializes in the development and application of mesoscopic modeling approaches and their integration with continuum approaches for both fundamental and applied research in microstructure science and engineering. He is currently interested in deciphering computational pathways to optimally design microstructure processing routes. Target areas include solidification, solid-state transformations and grain coarsening in multicomponent alloys and geomaterials, electromigration-induced damage, and self-organization in polymers and vapor-deposited films.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2015) 
Integrated Dual Degree, Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology BHU (2010)

Research Interests

Phase-field method, Pattern formation, Machine learning, Phase Transformations, Electromigration, Self-organization in soft matter, Vapor deposition.

Honors and Awards

German Research Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, 2016
Poster award at the Third International Symposium of Phase-field Methods, Pennsylvania State University, State College