Dr. Kumar's current research area includes developing new composite manufacturing techniques using large-scale polymer additive manufacturing (AM) and traditional & advanced manufacturing processes. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan (Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics) in 2016. He received a prestigious Japanese Government scholarship (MEXT) during his full Ph.D. Course. He also has expertise in the CFRP composites' response to direct lightning strikes and is engaged in designing novel materials to mitigate lightning strike damage. He has published over 80 papers in reputed Journals and peer-reviewed conferences and has 3 awarded and 9 pending patents under his name. He is a winner of the 2023 R&D 100 award, a finalist for the 2022 R&D 100 award, and a winner of the CAMX-combined strength award 2022. He also won the SME 2022 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer and SAMPE 2021 Young Professionals Emerging Leadership Awards.