Kumbakonam Rajagopal

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Distinguished Professor

Regents Professor

Forsyth Chair in Mechanical Engineering

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Office: 230A ENPH
Phone: 979.862.4552
Email: krajagopal@tamu.edu

Research Interests

  • Continuum mechanics and its applications to Non-linear materials.

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Regents Professor
  • Forsyth Chair in Mechanical Engineering
  • Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, (2007- )
  • University of Auckland Foundation-Distinguished Visitor Award, 2006
  • University Grants Commission Center for Excellence in Fluid Mechanics, India, Excellence in Fluid Mechanics Research Award, 2006.
  • Memorial Medal, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, 2006.
  • Sigma Xi Lecturer, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Distinguished Professor (Honorary), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2005.
  • Archie Higdon Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 2005.
  • Eringen Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2004.
  • Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Research, Bush Foundation, 2004.
  • Mid-west Mechanics Speaker, 2004.
  • Cullimore Lecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2004.
  • Invited One Hour lecture, Stokes' Death Centenary Meeting, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland, 2003.
  • Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University, 2003
  • Distinguished Research Award, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 2002.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 2000.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2000.
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1998
  • Forsyth Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1996.
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 1991.
  • Orr Lectures, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 1991.
  • President's Distinguished Research Award (Senior Category): University of Pittsburgh, 1991.
  • Chaired Professorship: James T. MacLeod Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1991.
  • President, Society for Natural Philosophy, 1989-1991.
  • Board of Visitors' Faculty Award, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1987.
  • Board of Directors, Society for Natural Philosophy.
  • International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.
  • American Men and Women of Science.
  • Who's Who Among Asian Americans

Education

  • University of Minnesota Ph.D. 1978
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (lIT) M.S. 1974
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) B. Tech 1973

Selected Publications

An Experimental Investigation into the Influence of Fillers on the Development of Normal Stresses and Stress Relaxation in Asphalt Mixtures due to Torsion, Journal of Particulate Science and Technology (with P. Ravindran, J. Muralikrishnan and D. Little).

A Note on the Flow through Porous Solids at High Pressures, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, (with S. C. Subramanian).

On the Modeling of the Viscoelastic Response of Embryonic Tissues, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, (with W. Malik, S. Prasad and L. Preziosi).

On Constitutive Equations for Anisotropic Nonlinearly Viscoelastic Solids, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, (with J. Merodio).

On the shear and bending of a degrading polymer beam, Accepted for publication, International Journal of Plasticity, (with A.R. Srinivasa and A.S. Wineman).