Overview Sic'Em - Scientific Innovations in Composites and Engineering Materials
Baylor Bear Napping

Sic'em Home Sic'em Researchers Sic'em Facilities Sic'em Projects Sic'em Recent Projects Sic'em Publications Sic'em Conferences and Workshops Attendance
Nikhil Ashtekar
Nikhil Ashtekar
Nikhil Ashtekar - Graduate Research Assistant
Nikhil Ashtekar successfully defended his M.S. thesis in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University in the Spring of 2011, and is currently working at Hologic Gen-Probe Incorporated in San Diego, California and a Validation and Verification engineer. He accomplished his undergraduate study in his home country of India at the R.T.M. Nagpur University. During his M.S. studies Nikhil was part of the AFRL sponsored research, AFRL TO#3 and AFRL TO#14.  His research focus was on the modeling and simulation of the conductivity of thin films of carbon nanotubes and studying various causes for failure under high current loadings. His research interests dwelt on representing physical process and phenomena in material processing and manufacturing with accurate mathematical models and quantifying the important nanostructure design parameters for improving the performance of macroscopic structures.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science-Industrial Eng., R.T.M. Nagpur University, India, 2007.
  • Masters of Science - Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, 2011.
Publications
  • Parametric Study of Nanostructure Variations on the Macroscopic Thermal and Electrical Behavior of Neat CNT Thin Film Networks. N. Ashtekar and D.A. Jack. Proceedings of ASME IMECE'11, Denver, Colorado, November, 2011.
  • Investigation of Thermal and Electrical Behavior of a Neat CNT Thin Film Networks Using 3D Computational Model. N. Ashtekar and D.A. Jack. Early Career Technical Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 2011.
  • Stochastic Modeling of the Bulk Thermal Conductivity for Dense Carbon Nanotube Networks. N. Ashtekar and D.A. Jack. Manuscript under review, Journal of Heat Transfer, 2010.
  • Parametric Study of Thermal and Electrical Behavior of 3-D CNT Thin Film Networks. N. Ashtekar and D.A. Jack. Proceedings of ASME IMECE'10, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November, 2010.
  • Modeling the Bulk Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Characteristics for Thin Film Carbon Nanomembranes. N. Ashtekar and D.A. Jack. Early Career Technical Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 2010.
  • Stochastic Modeling of the Bulk Thermal Conductivity for Dense Carbon Nanotube Networks. N. Ashtekar and D.A. Jack. Proceedings of ASME IMECE'09, Orlando, Florida, November, 2009.
Internships
  • Operations Intern - The Times of India Group, Nagpur (India), 01/07 – 06/07.
  • Industrial Engineering Intern - Mahindra and Mahindra, Nagpur (India), 06/06 – 12/06.
  • Quality Eng. Intern - Grasim Industries Limited, Nagda (India), 06/05 - 08/ 05
  • Manufacturing Engineering Intern - Waghmare Food products Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur (India), 01/05 – 06/05
Honors, Certificates, and Service
  • Paper reviewer for two papers in the 2011 ASME-IMECE proceedings.
  • ECTC Honorarium for participating in the 2011 District E Early Career Technical Conference
  • Paper reviewer for four papers in the 2010 ASME-IMECE proceedings.
  • Successfully completed Linear Statics Normal Modes and Buckling Analysis MSC Nastran & Patran
  • Successfully completed Ethics Short Course conducted by National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE)
  • ECTC Honorarium for participating in the 2010 District E Early Career Technical Conference
  • Baylor University, Annual Student Travel Awards, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
  • Integral part of the Composite Car design team at Florida State University, 2008
  • Grasim Industries Limited, Internship performance rated as Excellent, Aug 2005
Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science Department of Mechanical Engineering Sic'Em - Scientific Innovations in Composites and Engineering Materials