ARL's Rahul Gupta named ASME fellow

July 14, 2014

By T'Jae Gibson, ARL Public Affairs Office

Dr. Rahul Gupta, an expert in blast-dynamic effect on structures and development of blast-resistant/energy-absorbing structures at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, was named a Fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers last week.

Founded in 1880, ASME is "a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods," according to its Website.

Gupta, a Hockessin, Del., resident, is one of only 3,298 Fellows out of 90,972 ASME members. He was informed of his selection in an announcement letter he received at his residence.

"I consider my promotion to the status of an ASME Fellow an honor for the ARL, for what we do protecting the lives of our Soldiers in the battlefield," Gupta said.

"ASME Fellows are an elite class of scientists and engineers who have made considerable advancements in the field of mechanical engineering through their pioneering original research," said Dr. Shashi Karna, an Army senior scientist and recognized expert in nanotechnology research. "These Fellows have made professional services to the mission of the ASSME toward serving the nation and the world, and are recognized by the community as leaders in their fields."

He said very few ARL scientists and engineers are elected to the Fellow grade "of the prestigious professional societies. It is a testimony to the pioneering, high-impact research contributions of Dr. Gupta to develop solutions to complex engineering problems to benefit the Soldiers that he has been elected as the ASME Fellow."

At the end of the month, Gupta will end a 12-month assignment as a technical assistant to the director of ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, where he studied the organization's business processes and functions as a key member of that section director's cabinet.

He's returning to the Protection Division to join the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin Project. The manikin was created as a Soldier surrogate designed to meet realistic operational nuances to study and biomedically validate assessment tools monitoring human response during live-fire test and evaluation, and human response in a number of military-vehicle tests.

Prior to this current assignment, Gupta served as project lead (2006-07) for the numerical modeling and simulation encompassing blast, structural, and crew response for MaxxPro and MaxxPro DASH Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gupta received an ARL Special Act Award for the development of enhanced underbody protection and seating for the U.S. Army Stryker vehicle. He is also the Army Collaboration Team of the Year Award recipient for the HMMWV Improvement Program. In addition to these awards, Gupta has co-authored a book on nanotechnology and been appointed as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Last Update / Reviewed: July 14, 2014