Parag Gupta is a final-year Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering
from Northwestern University and holds a joint appointment as a
Guest Graduate Appointee in the Tribology Section at Argonne
National Laboratory. He has been strongly dedicated to
undergraduate education while at Northwestern and has served there
for more than four academic years in a teaching capacity, culminating
by advising two undergraduate student research projects related to
his energy technology and conservation research area. In his research,
he is working as the principal investigator on the synthesis,
mechanical characterization, chemical characterization, structural
characterization, and tribological testing of iron-doped diamond-like
coatings used in dry and lubricated sliding contact. The work was
recently submitted for patent assessment to the Innovation and New
Ventures Ofice at Northwestern. In April 2014, he also gave a TEDx talk at the TEDxNorthwesternU: Crossing Paths Conference titled “So, Um…12 Years, Huh?!” where he speaks about his many years in academia as well as the mission of a university, the people that uphold that mission, and the importance of asking for help.
As well, from Northwestern he holds a management certificate in the highly competitive Kellogg
Management for Scientists and Engineers program as well as a teaching certificate from the Searle Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning. He received both his Bachelors of Engineering (summa cum laude) and his Masters of Engineering degrees from Vanderbilt University in May 2002 and holds the distinct honor of being the only Rhodes Scholarship nominee for his alma mater that year. In addition to numerous other undergraduate accolades and scholarships, he has held a prestigious National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship for three years of his doctoral education as well as the Walter P. Murphy Fellowship for first-year doctoral students. He also won the 2012 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Graduate Student Scholarship from its Chicago section. Finally, although unable to join the program due to research complications, he was ofered a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.