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Nikhil Kar

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Practice


  • Doctoral Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Irvine


Nikhil’s expertise is in the fields of mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy, failure analysis, mechanical/materials behavior, laboratory testing, contamination analysis and equipment function to determine cause(s) of failure. He is involved in various consulting projects including implant failures, product failures, automotive component failures and patent infringement matters. When time permits, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California as an adjunct assistant professor of engineering practice. He has qualified as an expert witness in both State and Federal Court.

Research Summary

Areas of Specialization:
Engineering Failure Analysis
Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials and Products
Non-metallic materials – Polymers, Polymer Composites
Fracture of Welds and Weld Microstructure
Mechanical Behavior and Mechanical Testing of Materials
Materials Characterization Testing and Analysis
Mechanical Equipment Function / Malfunction
Surface Analysis Characterization of Electrical Components

  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

  • HED 110
  • Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building
  • 925 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: MC-1453

Contact Information
  • Nikhil.kar@karslab.com, nkkar@engsys.com


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