Dr. Gaurav Nilakantan

Executive Summary

Dr. Nilakantan is a Research Scientist at Teledyne Scientific & Imaging (part of Teledyne Technologies Inc) in Thousand Oaks, CA. He previously worked as research staff in the composites centers at the University of Southern California and the University of Delaware.

Dr. Nilakantanís research involves high performance materials, particularly ceramic and polymer matrix textile composites used for aerospace and defense. He utilizes his diverse expertise in manufacturing, experimental characterization, and numerical simulation to explore the fundamental behavior of composite structures subjected to various/extreme environments. In the military aerospace sector, Dr. Nilakantan has worked on designing, manufacturing, testing, and modeling an integrally woven 3D C/SiC ceramic matrix composite material for a hypersonic vehicle aeroshell, part of a DARPA-DSO program. In the commercial aerospace sector, Dr. Nilakantan has worked on out-of-autoclave vacuum-bag-only (OOA-VBO) processing of thermoset prepregs. He is a pioneer in the field of reusing and upcycling thermoset prepreg scrap for commercial applications. In the defense armor sector, Dr. Nilakantan has worked on the experimental property and performance characterization of textiles and textile composites across the length scales, multiscale and probabilistic computational modeling of ballistic impact behavior, occupant safety and survivability during crash/mine blast, and metallic and composite energy absorbing structures. His seminal work in armor includes being the first in the world to develop fully predictive and validated computational techniques to predict the probabilistic penetration response (V0-V100 curve) of woven Kevlar fabrics used in soft armor applications. Other notable technologies developed by Dr. Nilakantan include full-scale virtual testing of composites using a fully reformulated Binary Model, realistic virtual microstructure generation techniques for composites, and process-property simulation methods for compression-molded discontinuous fiber composites. Dr. Nilakantanís research work has received support from PEO Soldier (PM-SPIE), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is an expert in using LS-DYNA to simulate large scale dynamic physical phenomena.

Dr. Nilakantan holds a US patent for an anti-whiplash seat mechanism. He is listed in Whoís Who in America and American Men and Women of Science. He was awarded the American Society for Composites PhD Research Award and the R.L. McCullough Scholars Award during his graduate studies for his contributions to composites-related research. He won the Allan P. Colburn Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Nilakantan has actively participated in several professional organizations such as ASME, ASC, and SAMPE, and has served on numerous occasions as International Scientific Committee Member, Symposium Organizer, and Session Chair at various international conferences. He is the Group Owner of the ĎA2E Ė Armor, Ballistics, Composites, and Defense Expertsí group on LinkedIn (>3000 members). He previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multifunctional Composites and is a reviewer for several journals. He has over 40 technical publications that include 21 refereed journal papers (with 15 as first-author, in the leading composites- and impact- related journals), 30 conference proceedings (with 24 as presenter), 1 patent, and 1 user manual. He has a h-index of 16 and i10-index of 23 (Google Scholar), and a h-index of 13 (SciVerse Scopus). Dr. Nilakantanís published research work has been recognized in both the SciVerse ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles and the ASME AMR Monthly Top 10 Most Downloaded lists. Dr. Nilakantanís Masterís thesis has been downloaded over 3400 times (as of Aug 2012). Dr. Nilakantan and his work have been featured in various local, national, and international publications.

Dr. Nilakantan holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Delaware (4.0 GPA), a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (3.9 GPA), and a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from PESIT, Visveswaraiah Technological University (gold medalist).

Dr. Nilakantan received his permanent residency in the US through the extraordinary ability category.

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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