Kumbakonam Rajagopal

Forsyth Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Distinguished Professor

Regents Professor

Kumbakonam Rajagopal

Office: MEOB 525
Phone: 979.862.4552
Cell: 979-820-0782
Fax: 979.845.3081
Email: krajagopal@tamu.edu

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Research Interests

Continuum mechanics and its applications to Non-linear materials.

Awards & Honors

    Distinguished Professor Regents Professor Forsyth Chair in Mechanical Engineering
  • Eringen Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2004
  • Archie Higdon Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 2005
  • Memorial Medal, Charles University, Prague, 2006
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher, 2010
  • Fellow, The Indian National Academy of Engineering, 2010
  • Honoris Causa, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 2010
  • Honoris Causa, Charles University, Prague, 2012
  • Honoris Causa, Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi”, Iasi, 2013
  • TUS President’s Award, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, 2014
  • President’s award for Distinguished Visitors, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, 2016
  • Special issues of archival journals dedicated in honor of Prof. K. R. Rajagopal:
      1. Special issues (3 issues), Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids in honor of K. R. Rajagopal’s contributions to the field of Mechanics, 2015.
        Special Issue of Mathematical Models and Methods of Applied Sciences, On the occasion of K. R. Rajagopal’s 60th Birthday, Volume 21, 1 (2011)
        Special Issue of Applications of Mathematics, Dedicated to K. R. Rajagopal’s 60th Birthday, Volume 56, 1 (2011)
        Special Issue (4issues) International Journal of Advances in Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics, Dedicated K. R. Rajagopal’s 60th birthday, 3, (2011)
        Special Issue of The International Journal of Structural Changes in Solids, On the Occasion of K. R. Rajagopal’s 60th birthday, 3, 3 (2011)


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

Selected Publications

Mechanics and Mathematics of Fluids of the Differential Type (with D.Cioranescu and V. Girault), Series: Advances in Mechanics and Mathematics, Vol. 35, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland (2016).

Mechanical Response of Polymers, An Introduction (with A.S. Wineman): Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2001).

An Introduction to the Mechanics of Fluids (with Clifford Truesdell). Birkhauser, Basel, 2000 Mechanics of Mixtures (with L. Tao). Advances in Mathematics for the Applied Sciences, World Scientific Publishing: Singapore-New Jersey-London-Hong Kong (1995).

On the non-linear elastic response of bodies in the small strain range, Acta Mechanica, 225, 1545-1553 (2014).

On a new class of electroelastic bodies: Parts I&II, Proc. Royal Society, Ser A. London, 469, Article Numbers: 20120521 and 20130106 (2013) (with R. Bustamante)

Implicit constitutive equations for nonlinear magnetoelastic bodies, Proc. Roy. Soc. London, Ser. A., 471: 20140959 (2015) (with R. Bustamante)