Regents Recognize Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate

Ashish Kasar, Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, received the Sam Lieberman Regents Award for Scholarship. The award, announced earlier this month by the Nevada Board of Regents, honors nine students for their academic achievements, leadership abilities and contributions to statewide service.

“These nine students represent some of our best and brightest Nevada public higher education students and I am proud of their accomplishments, said Regents Chair Cathy McAdoo.

Kasar’s research focuses on self-lubricating composite materials, as well as wear and tribo-corrosion of additively manufactured alloys. Kasar puts it simply: “It’s a combination of materials and mechanisms.”

His work on self-lubricating composite materials is related to research he conducted with his graduate advisor, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Pradeep Menezes, for NASA. They studied solid lubricants added to a ceramic composite material used in devices that come into contact with each other. Benefits of self-lubricating composites can include reduced damage to materials due to friction.

Kasar also studies tribo-corrosion, ie the failure of a material due to wear, as well as corrosion caused by the environment. Some of his research – including a project with a local company – is looking at different coating manufacturing techniques to see how they might affect tribo-corrosion in a product.

Real-world applications drive research.

“Everything we do has direct practical application,” Kasar said.

Kasar hopes to graduate this spring.

But, already, it marked the spirits.

“Ashish made significant scientific contributions in the fields of surface engineering and tribology,” Menezes said. “He has published several research articles in prestigious journals on self-lubricating composites, nanocomposite coatings and tribo-corrosion. It is a great pride and pleasure for me to be his graduate adviser in the context of his successful doctorate. trip to UNR.

Prior to college, Kasar earned a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Raipur. He has published 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals and given 10 conference presentations. He is currently editing a book on biosourced multiphase lubricants. He is a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and served as Vice Chair to moderate a session of the STLE 2021 conference.

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