Rupal Gupta, the President and Founder of Nikira Labs Inc., is a highly skilled mechanical engineer with over 20 years of experience. She has worked to design and develop medical devices at Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific, optical analyzers at Los Gatos Research Incorporated, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment at Genus, Inc. and KLA-Tencor. Mrs. Gupta has over 20,000 hours of experience with 3D CAD/CAM design and a comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing process (e.g. fabrication techniques, EDM, sheet metal, welding, and surface finishes) and standards (e.g. ANSI standards, ASME Y14.5, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, military specifications and drawing formats).
In addition to her technical expertise, Mrs. Gupta has also helped initiate over 10 corporations and served as the managing member of 2 more. Her business acumen has led to several successful ventures and partnerships, and she brings this extensive business experience to Nikira Labs.
Dr. Gupta, the Chief Technology Officer for Nikira Labs Inc., is a pioneer in the development of optical analytical methods, having successfully developed a variety of cavity-enhanced optical spectroscopies, including Off-Axis Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy and Incoherent Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy. He is an established expert in lasers and optics, as well as various subfields of analytical and environmental chemistry. As a part-owner and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Los Gatos Research (LGR), he was responsible for developing, manufacturing, and helping sell novel laser-based analyzers to research, industrial, medical, and military customers, including a nitrous oxide analyzer that won the R&D 100 award. In that role, Dr. Gupta helped grow LGR from a small startup focused on academic research to a successful company with that was acquired by ABB in 2013.
Dr. Gupta is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed paper, presentations, and books chapters. He has served as a principal investigator on over 35 projects funded through NSF, DOE, NIH, DOD, NASA, EPA, and other federal agencies. He is a member of ACS, OSA, APS, AGU, AAAS and has served as a reviewer for several journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Physics Letters, Applied Physics B, IET Science Measurement and Technology, Journal of Hydrology, Optics Express, and Optics Letters.