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About Prof. Chawla

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 close to 180 refereed journal publications (h-index of 31) and 360 presentations in these areas.  He is the author of the textbook Metal Matrix Composites (co-authored with K.K. Chawla), published by Springer. The second edition of this book was published in 2013.

Prof. Chawla is a fellow of ASM International and past member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Board of Directors. He’s the recipient of the 2013 Brimacombe Medalist Award from TMS; 2011 Distinguished Lectureship given by Tsinghua University, China; 2009 Raymond Award for Best Paper by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); 2004 Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, given by ASM International; and the 2006 TMS Young Leaders Tutorial Lecture. He’s also won the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

Prof. Chawla is editor of Materials Science and Engineering A. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Advanced Engineering Materials and Materials 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.


  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials, MSE 440/516 (also taught online)
  • Composite Materials, MSE 494/598
  • Fatigue, Fracture, and Creep of Materials, MSE 540
  • Physical Metallurgy, MSE 420/514