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Name: Nikhil Gupta
Institution: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Materials scientist and mechanical engineer Nikhil Gupta conducts research designed to improve the performance of materials used in safety helmets, armor and other protective gear. His experiments in bone breakage revealed that bone fractures differ depending on the speed at which the bone is compressed. Gupta built a special compression machine to conduct the tests. He undertook the research with collaborator Paulo Coelho of New York University. In addition to analyzing bones under stress, Coelho and Gupta study the way protective foams respond to compression. The results of all of this research could ultimately help in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone injuries as well as development of improved safety gear for military personnel and athletes. Gupta is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at NYU-Poly, and earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University. Below, he answers our 10 questions related to his life and work as a scientist.
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