Nikhil Chandra Admal

Nikhil Chandra Admal
Nikhil Chandra Admal
  • Assistant Professor
(217) 300-9773
2027 Sidney Lu Mech Engr Bldg

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  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota 2014
  • M.S. Mathematics, University of Minnesota 2011
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota 2010
  • B. Tech., M. Tech. (Dual degree) Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2006

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jan 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, Sep 2014 - Jan 2019

Major Consulting Activities

  • FermiLab, Batavia, Illinois - Design of composite superconducting cable windings of solenoids used to generate magnetic fields in the Mu2e project.

Professional Registrations

  • Society for Engineering and Science (SES)
  • American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)

Resident Instruction

  • ME 470: Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Fall 2022
  • TAM 210/211 Statics: Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022
  • TAM 445 Continuum Mechanics: Spring 2020, Spring 2022
  • TAM 574 Advanced Finite Element Method: Spring 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023

Research Interests

  • Atomistic origins of continuum theories
  • Interfacial mechanics: grain boundaries, 2D materials and biofilms
  • Nanomechanics
  • Crystal plasticity
  • Grain Boundary Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials

Research Areas

  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Refereed Conference Papers and Presentations

  • A crystal plasticity framework to model continuum disconnections in polycrystals, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 2022, Anaheim, CA
  • Interface mechanics of 2d materials on metal substrates, 19th U.S. National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2022, Austin, TX
  • Interface dislocations and grain boundary disconnections using Smith normal bicrystallography, Multiscale Materials Modeling, 2022, Hopkins, MD
  • A thresholding method for the Kobayashi--Warren--Carter grain boundary model with general mobilities, 16th United States National Conference on Computational Mechanics, 2021, Virtual
  • Mesoscale modeling of facet formation in graphene-metal interfaces, 16th United States National Conference on Computational Mechanics, 2021, Virtual
  • A disconnection-based diffuse-interface approach to model grain boundary motion, 16th United States National Conference on Computational Mechanics, 2021, Virtual
  • A fast thresholding algorithm for the Kobayashi-Warren-Carter grain boundary model, Society for Engineering and Science, 2020, Virtual


  • Nikhil C. Admal, Parag Thakre, Atanu Phukan, Sriharsha Aradhya. MEMS flow sensor. Number US 7337678 B2. Issued March 2008


  • Junyan He, N. C. Admal. "A study of the beveling instability in solenoid conductors.", A report submitted to FermiLab, 2020

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • USACM 2023, Workshop organizer, Machine learning and computational materials modeling across scales
  • USACM 2021, Virtual Workshop co-organizer, New Trends and Open Challenges in Computational Mechanics: from Nano to Macroscale
  • MMS 2021, UIUC Coordinator for the Midwest Mechanics Seminar series
  • USNCCM 2021, Symposium co-organizer, Computational methods for modelling stationary and non-stationary interfaces at multiple scales
  • SES 2020, Symposium co-organizer, Grain boundary and Interfacial mechanics
  • SES 2020, Scientific track co-chair, Advances in Nanomechanics
  • MMM 2018 Symposium co-organizer, Crystal plasticity and discrete defect mechanics
  • USNCCM 2015 Symposium co-organizer, Atomistic computation of continuum quantities


  • Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California Los Angeles (2016)

Teaching Honors

  • Listed in "Teachers ranked as excellent" by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) for Spring 2019

Recent Courses Taught

  • TAM 210 - Introduction to Statics
  • TAM 211 - Statics
  • TAM 445 - Continuum Mechanics
  • TAM 574 (CSE 517) - Adv Finite Element Methods

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