Vijay Gupta Phd


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering

38-137E Eng IV
310-825-0023 | 310-206-2302


  • BS, Indian Institute of Technology, 1985
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

Awards and Positions

  • Who’s Who in America, 2001
  • Young Investigator Award-American Academy of Mechanics, 2000
  • Theodore Tromovitch Award from the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, 2000
  • Who’s Who in Asian Americans, 1994
  • Outstanding Young Scientist and Engineer Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, 1993
  • J.N. Tata Scholarship.  Outstanding Engineering Graduates in India, 1985
  • S.D. Sethna Scholarship.  Best Engineering Graduate of India, 1985
  •  Institute Silver Medal.  Best scholastic performance in Civil Engg. at I.I.T. Bombay, 1985

Research Interests

Expertise in the failure, fracture, and stability of engineering materials/structures composed of polymers, rubbers, glass, ceramics, and newer types of composite materials under pressure, static and dynamic loadings.


Recent Papers

  1. Yoo L., Kim H., Shin A., Gupta V., Demer J.L., “Creep behavior of passive bovine extraocular muscle,” J Biomed Biotechnol. 2011;2011:526705. Epub 2011 Nov 2.
  2. Navarro A., Taylor Z.D., Beenhouwer D., Haake D.A., Gupta V., Grundfest W.S., “Laser induced shockwaves on flexible polymers for treatment of bacterial biofilms,” Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;163:394-6.
  3. Yoo L., Gupta V., Lee C., Kavehpore P., Demer J.L., “Viscoelastic properties of bovine orbital connective tissue and fat: constitutive models,” Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2011 Dec;10(6):901-14. Epub 2011 Jan 5.
  4. Taylor Z.D., Navarro A., Kealey C.P., Beenhouwer D., Haake D.A., Grundfest W.S., Gupta V., “Bacterial biofilm disruption using laser generated shockwaves,” Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010;2010:1028-32.
  5. Yoo L., Kim H., Gupta V., Demer J.L., “Quasilinear viscoelastic behavior of bovine extraocular muscle tissue,” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Aug;50(8):3721-8. Epub 2009 Apr 8.
  6. Hagerman E., Shim J., Gupta V., Wu B., “Evaluation of laser spallation as a technique for measurement of cell adhesion strength” J Biomed Mater Res A., 2007 Sep 15;82(4):852-60.