Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2021
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2016
  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, 2014
Professional Affiliations
  • Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
  • Material Research Society (MRS)
  • Hindi

Dr. Rastogi specializes in mechanics of materials, experimental testing of materials and products, and finite element analysis (FEA). She has extensive experience in mechanical testing, nanoindentation testing, thin-film deposition techniques, material characterization techniques (Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Focused Ion Beam (FIB)), and finite element modeling. 

Dr. Rastogi applies her expertise to design and execute mechanical tests to assist clients with failure analyses of composite and polymer materials and batteries.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Rastogi was a Graduate Research Assistant at Columbia University. She engineered graphene-based composite materials with high strength-to-weight ratios. She developed an industrially scalable copper/graphene nanolaminate design with enhanced load-bearing capacity, improved strength, and reduced coefficient of friction utilizing graphene's unparalleled mechanical strength. Dr. Rastogi evaluated the composite's mechanical properties using nanoindentation testing. She then used finite element modeling to gain insight into the strengthening mechanisms of copper/graphene composites.

In addition to her dissertation work, Dr. Rastogi served as a teaching assistant at Columbia University for the "Mechanics of Materials" and "Fluid Mechanics" courses.