Welcome to the Advanced Materials and 3D Printing (AM3DP) Lab at Masdar Institute (MI). At AM3DP, we concentrate our research efforts in the broad area of Solid Mechanics applied to Multiscale Modeling of advanced engineering materials and structures. At AM3DP, we undertake multi-disciplinary research in order to understand the mechanical and functional response of materials and structures at various spatial & temporal scales through theoretical & computational modeling and simulation. This approach is combined with experiments. Current research focuses on novel concepts that combine materials, mechanics and physics to produce multifunctional systems.

Dr. Kumar Shanmugam

Associate Professor
Lead, Advanced Materials and 3D Printing (AM3DP) Lab
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Email: kumar.shanmugam@ku.ac.ae; s.kumar@eng.oxon.org
Direct: +(971)-2-810-9239

Dr. Kumar is currently an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. He obtained his DPhil in Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering from the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford and an MPhil in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton. He was a visiting faculty in Mechanics of Solids & Materials Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Dec 2011 – Jan 2013. He has held a post-doctoral research position in the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has held several R&D positions (including a scientist post in an aero-engine defense R&D lab) spanning about a decade, working on computational modeling and design of materials and structures. He is a senior member of the AIAA, and a member of ASME, APS and Society for Adhesion and Adhesives, UK.

Dr. Kumar leads the Advanced Materials and 3D Printing (AM3DP) Lab at Masdar Institute (MI). In AM3DP, multi-disciplinary research is undertaken in order to understand the mechanical and functional response of materials and structures at various spatial and temporal scales through theoretical and computational modeling as well as simulation combined with experiments. Current research focuses on novel concepts that combine materials, mechanics and physics to produce multifunctional systems. These research interests are reflected in his recent and ongoing research collaborations with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, PNNL, Nanyang Technological University, Lockheed Martin, ADNOC and Borouge. Kumar has been awarded the ADEC award for research excellence (A2RE 2015). He also serves on the editorial advisory board of four International Journals.




  1. Performance of Additively Manufactured Cylindrical Bonded Systems with Stiffness-Tailored Interface. M A Khan, S. Kumar, JW Cantwell - International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2018 image
  2. Performance of biocompatible PEEK processed by fused deposition additive manufacturing. M F Arif, S. Kumar K. M. Varadarajan, JW Cantwell - Materials and Design, 2018 image
  3. Performance enhancement of tubular multilayers via compliance-tailoring: 3D printing, testing and modeling. M. A. Khan, S. Kumar - Int. Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2018 image
  4. 2017

    1. Stress Reduction of 3D Printed Compliance-Tailored Multilayers. S. Kumar B L Wardle, M F Arif, J Ubaid - Advanced Engineering Materials, 2017 image 3D Printed Compliance-Tailored Multilayers (Advanced Science News)
    2. Self-sensing and mechanical performance of CNT/GNP/UHMWPE biocompatible nanocomposites. T. K. Gupta, M. Choosri, K.M. Varadarajan, S. Kumar- Journal of Materials Science, DOI: 10.1007/s10853-018-2072-3, 2017 image
    3. Self-sensing performance of MWCNT-low density polyethylene nanocomposites. T. K. GuptaS. Kumar, Amal Z Khan, Kartik Mangudi Varadarajan, Wesley J Cantwell- Materials Research Express, https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/aa9f9e, 2017 image
    4. Mechanical properties of isolated CNT. G. Pal and S. Kumar- In Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymers: From Nanoscale to Macroscale, Elsevier, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-48221-9.00008-X, 2017 image
    5. Fabrication of CNT/Polymer composites. T. K. Gupta and S. Kumar- In Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Polymers: Nanoscale to Macroscale, Elsevier, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-48221-9.00004-2, 2017 image
    6. Special Issue on Functionally Graded Adhesively Bonded Systems. S. Kumar and R. D. Adams- International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2017.05.002, 2017 image
    7. Special issue on ‘mechanics of composite adhesive joints and repairs’. S. Kumar and I. Sridhar- Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01694243.2017.1338852, 2017 image
    8. Interfacial stresses in single-side composite patch-repairs with material tailored bondline. M. A. Khan, S. Kumar- Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15376494.2016.1255824, 2017 image
    9. Spatially-degraded adhesive anchors under material uncertainty. R. Tippireddy, S. Kumar- International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2017.02.010, 2017 image
    10. High performance overhead power lines with carbon nanostructures for transmission and distribution of electricity from renewable sources. S. Kumar, G. Pal, T. Shah- Journal of Cleaner Production, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.053, 2017 image
    11. 2016

      1. Strength and Performance Enhancement of Bonded Joints by Spatial Tailoring of Adhesive Compliance via 3D Printing. S. Kumar, Brian L. Wardle, M. F. Arif- ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2016 image
      2. Soft optical composites for tunable transmittance. F López Jiménez, P. Upadhyaya, J. Liljenhjerte, P. M. Reis, S. Kumar- Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2016 image
      3. Multiscale modeling of stress transfer in continuous microscale fiber reinforced composites with nano-engineered interphase. S. I. Kundulwal, S. Kumar- Mechanics of Materials, (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmat.2016.09.002, 2016 image
      4. High-Ampacity Overhead Power Lines with Carbon Nanostructure-Epoxy Composites. V S N Ranjith Kumar, S. Kumar, G. Pal, T. Shah - ASME Trans., J. Eng. Mater. Technol , (2016), doi: 10.1115/1.4034095, 2016 image
      5. A shear-lag model for functionally graded adhesive anchors. S. Kumar, M. A. Khan - Intl. Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 2016 image
      6. Hyperelastic Strain Measurements and Constitutive Parameters Identification of 3D Printed Soft Polymers by Image Processing. J. Liljenhjerte, P. Upadhyaya S. Kumar - Additive Manufacturing, 2016 image
      7. Tunable Morphology and Its Influence on Electrical, Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanostructure-Buckypaper. M F Arif, S. Kumar, T. Shah - Materials & Design, 2016 image
      8. Soft Color Composites with Tunable Optical Transmittance. F López Jiménez, S. Kumar, PM Reis - Advanced Optical Materials, 2016 image Scientists tune polymer material’s transparency (MIT featured news)
      9. Gas barrier performance of graphene/polymer nanocomposites.Y Cui, SI Kundalwal, S. Kumar- Carbon, 2016 image
      10. Multiscale modeling of effective electrical conductivity of short carbon fiber-carbon nanotube-polymer matrix hybrid composites. G Pal, S. Kumar- Materials & Design, 2016 image
      11. An elastic solution for adhesive stresses in multi-material cylindrical joints. S. Kumar, M A Khan- Intl. Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 2016 image
      12. Modeling of carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube–polymer composites. G Pal, S. Kumar- Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 2016 image
      13. Through Process Modeling Approach: Effect of Microstructure on Mechanical Properties of Fiber Reinforced Composites. Zaidani, M., Omar, M. A., S. Kumar- In Mechanics of Composite and Multi-functional Materials, Volume 7 (pp. 421-430). Springer International Publishing, 2016 image

Contact Information

Ms. Prescila Medina
Department Coordinator
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Email: pmedina@masdar.ac.ae
Phone: +971-2-810-9058