Ira A. Fulton Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Nikhilesh Chawla is the Fulton Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Arizona State University. He is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Chawla received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1997. He served as acting chair of the MSE program at ASU in 2010. Prior to joining Arizona State University in 2000 he was a postdoctoral fellow jointly at Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan, and a senior development engineer at Hoeganaes Corporation.
Prof. Chawla’s research interests encompass the mechanical behavior and modeling of advanced materials at bulk and small length scales, including Four Dimensional (4D) materials science, Pb-free solder alloys, composite materials, and nanostructured materials. He has co-authored over 160 refereed journal publications (h-index of 28) and 330 presentations in these areas. He is the author of the textbook Metal Matrix Composites (co-authored with K.K. Chawla), published by Springer.
Prof. Chawla is editor of Materials Science and Engineering A. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Advanced Engineering Materials andMaterials Characterization. His work has been featured on the show Modern Marvels on the History Channel, R&D News, Fox News, and the Arizona Republic. He serves on ASU President Michael Crow’s Academic Council, which provides input to the president on academic, structural, and strategic matters.
1997, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
1994, M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
1993, B.S. Materials Engineering, New Mexico Tech
Mechanical behavior and microstructural characterization of materials. 4D Materials Science, nanomechanics, fatigue, and fracture behavior of materials
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Honors and Awards
- Fellow, ASM International and past member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Board of Directors
- Brimacombe Medalist Award from TMS – 2013
- Distinguished Lectureship; Tsinghua University, China – 2009
- Raymond Award, Best Paper; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) – 2004
- Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, ASM International
- TMS Young Leaders Tutorial Lecture – 2006
- National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award
- Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award