Amit Behera, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2018

M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, 2013

B.S. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, 2011

Current Role at QuesTek

Amit Behera, Ph.D., specializes in thermodynamic CALPHAD modeling and helps to develop and implement thermodynamic, kinetic and mechanistic models for materials design projects. He has research background in the field of high strength steels, titanium alloys with expertise in design of new alloys and experimental microstructure characterization and mechanical properties measurement. 

Background and Specialization

Before joining QuesTek in 2018, he worked on understanding the non-equilibrium phase transformation behavior in ‘Quench and Partition steels’ during his PhD work at Northwestern University. The work involved experimental characterization of Q&P steels and development of thermodynamic models that were eventually utilized to design improved alloy compositions and processing cycles. He also has experience in experimental characterization of titanium alloys from his master’s research work at University of North Texas. His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled “Non-equilibrium thermodynamic modeling of Quench and Partition (Q&P) Steels”

Honors, Awards and Patents

Indian Academy of Science Summer Research Fellow, 2009

Predictive Science and Engineering Design Fellow, Northwestern University, 2014-15

Professional Associations


Publications and Patents 

He is the author of a number peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented his work at several domestic and international conferences and workshops. Some highlighted publications and presentations include:

  • Behera, A. K., & Olson, G. B. (2018). Nonequilibrium thermodynamic modeling of carbon partitioning in quench and partition (Q&P) steel. Scripta Materialia, 147, 6–10.
  • Behera, A., Nag, S., Mahdak, K., Mohseni, H., Tiley, J., & Banerjee, R. (2013). Influence of oxygen ingress on fine scale precipitation of α-Ti during oxidation of Beta21S β-Ti alloy. Journal of Materials Science, 48(19), 6700–6706.
  • Behera A. and Olson G.B. (July 2017). Non Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Quench and Partition Steels, presentation at International Conference on Martensitic Transformations (ICOMAT 2017), Chicago, IL, USA
  • Mantri, S. A., Choudhuri, D., Behera, A., Cotton, J. D., Kumar, N., & Banerjee, R. (2015). Influence of Fine-Scale Alpha Precipitation on the Mechanical Properties of the Beta Titanium Alloy Beta-21S. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 46(7), 2803–2808.
  • Boyne, A., Wang, D., Shi, R. P., Zheng, Y., Behera, A., Nag, S., Wang, Y. (2014). Pseudospinodal mechanism for fine α/β microstructures in β-Ti alloys. Acta Materialia, 64, 188–197.
  • Behera A. and Olson G.B. (June 2017). Non Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Quench and Partition Steels, New Developments in Advanced High-Strength Sheet Steels, Keystone, Colorado, USA