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Romesh Batra

Clifton C Garvin Professor


Multiscale Analysis of Multiphiysics Problems involving Material and Geometric Nonlinearities, Nanomechanics, Dynamic Failure under Shock Loads, Smart Structures, Functionally Graded Materials.


1972Ph.D., Mechanics and Materials, The Johns Hopkins University
1969M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
1968B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Punjabi University, India

Courses Taught

Course NumTitle
ESM 6734Finite Element Analysis
ESM 6014Nonlinear Elasticity
ESM 5734Intro Finite Elements
ESM 5014Intro Continuum Mech
ESM 4734Intro Finite Elements


Honors and Awards

2013Plenary Lecture, 17th Int. Congress of Composite Structures, Porto, Portugal
2013Outstanding Researcher in Composite Structures, 17th Int. Congress of Composite Structures
2012B. Karunesh Memorial Lecture, 57th Congress of the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Pune, India
2012Plenary Lecture, International Congress of Computational Mechanics and Simulations, Hyderabad, India
2012Teacher of the Week, VT's Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research
2011Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award
2011USACM Fellow
2010Selected for inclusion in the ISI List of Highly Cited Authors.
2010SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award
2009Lee Hsun Research Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
2009Plenary Lecture, 15th Int. Congress of Composite Structures, Porto, Portugal
2009Engineering Science Medal, Society of Engineering Science
2006D.Sc (Honoris Causa), Thapar University, India
2005College of Engineering Award for Outreach Excellence
2005Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology, China
2004Alumni Award for Excellence in Research, Virginia Tech
2004Honorary Professor, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, China
2003Elected Secretary of the American Academy of Mechanics for a 3-year term.
2003Frank J. Maher Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
2002Member of Awards Committee of the American Academy of Mechanics for a 5-year term.
2002Organizer and co-chair of the 14th US Nat'l Congress of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Blacksburg, VA.
2002Invited to become a member, for a 3-year term, of the National Research Council 8-member Panel on Survivability and Lethality to review the performance of a Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory.
2001Invited to teach a 6-hour short course on ASBs for researchers at the Eglin Air Force Base.
2000Lecturer -- Southwest Mechanics Series.
2000Invited to give the Michael A. Sadowski Mechanics Lecture at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
2000Eric Reissner Medal from the Int. Soc. of Computat'l Eng'g Sci. for contributions to the Mechanics of Penetration.
1999Organizer and co-chair of the ASME Mechanics and Materials Meeting, Blacksburg, VA.
1998Elected Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science.
1997Invited to teach a part of the one-week long short course on Localization and Fracture Phenomenon in Inelastic Solids organized/coordinated by P. Perzyna at the International Center for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Italy.
1997Virginia Tech's College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research.
1996Invited to become a member, for a 4-year term, of the Nat'l Research Council 8-member Panel on Armors & Armaments to review the performance of Weapons Materials Directorate of the Army Research Lab.
1996President of the Society of Engineering Science.
1994Listed in Who's Who in America
1993Elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.
1992Elected Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education.
1992Recipient -- Alexander von Humboldt Award for senior scientists.
1991Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics.
1990Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
1988Jai Krishna Award from the Indian Society of Earthquake Tech. for the paper ``Seismic Response of a Multistory Building Supported on Piles and a Nonlinear Soil'' coauthored with doctoral student, J.U. Khandoker.
1968Monetary prize and a plaque for securing 1st rank among engineering students in three states in India.

Professional Service

  • Editor (1995-) Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, Sage Publisher
  • Editor-in-Chief (2004-) Int. J. of Computational Methods, World-Scientific Publishers
  • Member Editorial Board - Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics (1996-2002); Computational Mechanics (1994-2004); Computer Modeling in Engineering and Science (2004); Polish Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2002-);
  • Member - International Organizing Committee, Thermal Stresses, 2005, Vienna, Austria, May 2005.
  • Member- Organizing Committe, International Conference on Computatioanl Methods, Singapore, 2004.
  • Member - Scientific Advisory Board, Third MIT Conf. on Solid and Fluid Mechanics, June 2005.
  • Member - Organizer, Symp. on Functionally Graded Materials, Int. Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Warsaw, August 2004.