A Metal Light Enough to Float (image) NYU Tandon School of Engineering Share Print E-Mail Caption The first metal matrix syntactic foam is so light it can float, strong enough to withstand the rigors of a marine environment, and resistant to heat, which makes it a candidate for automakers seeking to shed weight to improve fuel economy. The composite was the work of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Professor Nikhil Gupta and Deep Springs Technology (DST) in collaboration with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Credit NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Usage Restrictions for editorial use only Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.