Romesh C. Batra
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Biography:

EDUCATION:
B.S., Mech’l Eng’g, (Gold Medalist, 1st rank in 3 states), Punjabi Univ., India, 1968.
M.A.Sc., Mech’l Eng’g, Univ. of Waterloo,Waterloo, Canada, 1969.
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, 1972.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Adiabatic Shear Banding, Penetration & Impact Problems, ConstitutiveRelations, Smart Materials, Dynamic Fracture
Mechanics, Functionally Gradient Materials, Nanotechnology/Nanoscience, Threat Mitigation, Advanced Materials

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:
1994-Present, Clifton C. Garvin Prof. of Eng’g Science and Mechs., VPI&SU
1981-94, Professor; 1977 -’81, Assoc. Prof.; 1974 -’76 Assistant Prof., Univ. of Missouri - Rolla; 1976 - ’77,
Assistant Prof., The Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
1973-74, Research Associate, McMaster Univ., Canada.
1972-73, Postdoctoral Associate, The Johns Hopkins Univ.

ADMINISTRATION EXPERIENCE:
2002-Present, Director of Graduate Program
1983-Present, Director of several funded projects.
1980-Present, Organizer and Director of 4 major conferences

VISITING APPOINTMENTS:
7/’99-1/2000, Von-Humboldt Awardee, Technical Univ. of Berlin, Germany.
May 1990, Jefferson-Smurfit Fellow, Univ. College, Ireland.
June 1987, Visiting Prof., Techn’l Univ. of Berlin, Germany.
1/’85-6/’85, Visiting Prof., Univ. of Minnesota.
9/’83-8/’84, Senior Research Fellow, Ballistic Research Lab., Aberdeen, MD.
5/’83-8/’83, Visiting Scientist, Sandia National Labs., NM.
July 1980, Visiting Professor, Univ. of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

TEACHING AWARDS:
Dean’s list of Outstanding Teachers, Virginia Tech, almost every semester.
Outstanding Teaching Award, ($1,000 Professional Expenses) UMR, 1988.
Letter of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, UMR, 1991.
Exceptional Teaching Effectiveness - Letter of Commendation, UMR, 1989.
1977 Charles Henry Ratcliff Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Dept. of Aerospace
Engr., Mech. Engr. and Engr. Mech., The Univ. of Alabama.

HONORS & AWARDS:
2011 USACM Fellow
2011 Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award
2010 Selected for inclusion in the ISI List of Highly Cited Authors
2010 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award
2009 Lee Husun Research Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences
2007 College of Eng’g Award for Excellence in Service
2006 D.Sc (Honoris Causa), Thapar University, India
2005 Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology, China
2005 College of Eng’g Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence
2004 Honorary Professor, Nanjing Univ. of Science & Technology, China
2004 Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Research
2003 Frank J. Maher Outstanding Faculty Award, Dept. of Eng’g Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
2003-2005 Secretary, American Academy of Mechanics
2002-2006 Member - NRC Panel on Survivability & Lethality
2002-2006 Member - Awards Committee, American Academy of Mechanics
2000 Eric Reissner Medal from the Int. Soc. of Computational Eng’g. Sci. for contributions to the Mechanics
of Penetration
1996-99 Member - NRC Panel on Armor & Armaments
1996 President of the Society of Engineering Science
2000 Lecturer - Southwest Mechanics Series
1998 Fellow - Society of Engineering Science, Inc. (in recognition of his many contributions in continuum mechanics
and nonlinear elasticity, particularly in the dissipation phenomenon in solids.)
1997 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award ($2,000) for Excellence in Research
1993 Elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars
1992 Recipient, Alexander von Humboldt Award for Senior Scientists
1992 Fellow - American Society of Engineering Education
1991 Fellow - American Academy of Mechanics (in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research and
leadership in Mechanics.)
1990 Fellow - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1988 Jai Krishna Award (Rupees 2500) from the Indian Soc. of Earthquake Tech. for the paper “Seismic Response
of a Multistory Building Supported on Piles and a Nonlinear Soil” coauthored with a former doctoral student
J. U. Khandoker.
1993 ’92, ’91, ’90, ’89, ’88, ’87, Faculty Excellence Award, $2,500, UMR
1986 Halliburton Excellence Award, $1,500, School of Engineering, UMR
 

 


 


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