About Nishant Kumar


  • New Mexico State Univ, Doctor of Philosophy, 2008

Nishant Kumar

Prof, teach
Mechanical & Aerospace Engin
129 Toomey Hall

573-341-7215 | nkwtb@mst.edu


  • New Mexico State Univ, Doctor of Philosophy, 2008


Teaching Interests:

Undergraduate Courses:
1). Statics; 2). Dynamics; 3). Vibrations; 4). Fluid Mechanics; 5). Thermodynamics; 6). Modeling of dynamical systems; 7). Engineering Analysis; 8). Numerical methods; 9). Energy Methods (Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics).

Graduate Courses:
1). Advance Dynamics; 2). Advance Vibrations; 3). Non-linear dynamics and chaos theory.

Academic Positions:

-Assistant Teaching Professor of MAE, Missouri S&T, Rolla, MO, 2010- present.
-Lecturer, University of Denver, CO, 2009 - 2010.
-Visiting faculty for LMCO - DU (Lockheed Martin Corporation – University of Denver) graduate program, University of Denver, CO, 2009 - 2010.

Non-Academic Positions:

-Engineer, B.H.E.L, New Delhi, India, 2000 - 2001.


Research interests

Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations, study of deterministic and random dynamical systems, model order reduction, theoretical modeling and numerical computation and structural dynamics.


Selected Publications
  • Kumar, N., Burton, T.D., “On the use of Ritz Vectors to augment the optimal basis vector to perform
    POD based parameterized model order reduction of systems with isolated
    nonlinearity”, 2009 ASME International Design Engineering Technical
    Conference (IDETC), San Diego, California (Paper No. DETC2009-87416).
  • Kumar, N., Burton, T.D., “Use of random excitation to develop POD based Reduced Order Models
    for Nonlinear Structural Dynamics”, Proceedings of the 2007 ASME
    International Design Engineering Technical Conference (IDETC), Las
    Vegas, Nevada, pp. 1627-1634.
  • Kumar, N., Burton, T.D., “Model Reduction of Large Structural Dynamic Models using Proper
    Orthogonal Decomposition”, 11th Nonlinear Vibrations, Stability and
    Dynamics of Structures Conference, 2006, Virginia Tech, VA.
  • Kumar, N., “Order reduction using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition”, White Sands
    Missile Range – ITEA, Modeling & Simulation Conference, 2005.

Awards and recognition


Selected Awards
  • Dean's Educator, 2021 - 2023
  • Missouri S&T, Outstanding Teaching Award - 2020
  • Missouri S&T, Outstanding Teaching Award - 2019
  • Missouri S&T, Faculty Achievement Award - 2013
  • Recipient of "Outstanding Performance in Pedagogy" certificate from School of Engineering, University of Denver for academic year 2009-2010
  • Recipient of "NMSU Travel Conference Award - 2007" given to outstanding graduate students for making poster/paper presentation at a peer reviewed conference/seminar
  • Recipient of NMSU's "Preparing Future Faculty Internship Pilot Program" award for academic year 2007-2008
  • Recipient of Graduate school, NMSU "Merit Award" of $1000 (Academic year 2006-2007) based on outstanding service done in the field of research and maintaining a 4/4 GPA
  • Recipient of Graduate Research Assistant award (2005-2007), NMSU
  • Recipient of 2002-2005 Mech. Eng. Grad. Scholarship, Texas Tech University