Siddhartha (Sid) Pathak

Assistant Professor
Sid Pathak

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 2009
  • B. Tech., Metallurgical Engineering, National Institute of Technology (formerly Regional Engineering College), Warangal, A.P., India, 2003


  • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
    • Assistant Professor starting Fall 2015
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
    • October 2012- Fall 2015
    • 2012 Director's Postdoctoral Fellow
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA,
    • W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies Prized Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science September 2010-September 2012
  • EMPA ( Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), Thun, Switzerland,
    • Post- doc., 2009 - September 2010
  • Drexel University, Ph.D., 2009
    • Dissertation: "Development and Validation of a Novel Data Analysis Procedure for Spherical Nanoindentation." GPA: 3.90/4.0. Advisor: Prof. Surya R. Kalidindi
    • Awarded the 2009 Drexel University Research Award (amongst 5000 graduate students in the university)
    • Finalist for the "2009 doctoral student deemed to have the most promise in enhancing Drexel's reputation in the future in the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering" award. (Only 3 finalists out of 154 PhD graduates in 2009 were chosen for this annual university-level competition)
  • National Institute of Technology, Warangal, A.P., India, Bachelor of Technology, 2003
    • GPA: 4.0/4.0. (Awarded Best Outgoing Student 2003 amongst 500 graduates)

Research interests

Nano-mechanics: quantitative measurement of material behavior at lower (micron to sub-micron to nanometer) length scales over a wide variety of material systems.

  • Mechanical behavior of irradiated materials for nuclear applications
  • Establishing processing-microstructure evolution linkages in polycrystalline metals
  • Manufacture of ultra-strong, ductile and thermally stable metal-metal and metal-ceramic composites using a bio-inspired nanolayered design
  • On biological materials my work focuses on more reliable assessment tools at the micro-scale for bone fragility conditions such as osteoporosis

International activities

  • 2011 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Nano-Mechanics Laboratory, ETH-EMPA (Swiss Federal Institute for Materials Testing & Research), Thun, Switzerland
  • Ongoing collaborations with EMPA - (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), Thun, Switzerland

Membership in international organizations

  • Sigma Xi
  • The Scientific Research Society
  • Nominated member American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Ceramic Society (ACers)
  • American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
  • International Metallographic Society (IMS)

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • German

Courses Taught

  • Invited lecturer for the summer course on "Structure and multiscale mechanics of carbon nanomaterials", at the International Center for Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in Udine, Italy, July 21-25, 2014.
  • Presented 6 lectures on "Mechanical Behavior of Carbon Nanotubes: from a Single Tube towards Complex Networks"