International experts to honor Rajagopal with College Station symposium

Thirty-seven experts in continuum mechanics from the United States, Canada and as far away as Japan and South Africa will gather in College Station to honor Texas A&M University mechanical engineer Kumbakonam Rajagopal on his 60th birthday.Dr. K. R. RajagopalSymposium sessions will be held in Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M campus and at the College Station Hilton Hotel and Conference Center next Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 11-13). Presentations by the visiting experts will focus on the general topic, "Perambulation of Continuum Mechanics."Continuum mechanics is a mathematical discipline that allows engineers to calculate such important measures as how much does an asphalt road yield as a truck drives on it, how much a metal rod bends when force is applied to it or how tissues in our bodies adapt and grow."There's no higher honor in academia one can receive than to be honored by one's peers for achievement and contributions to the field," said G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering. "The number of leaders in continuum mechanics coming from around the world to honor Dr. Rajagopal is a testament to the stature he holds worldwide."We are proud to have him as a member of our faculty and to recognize his achievement."Rajagopal has been honored internationally for his significant contributions to the world of continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, biomechanics and technology. Among these honors was his election to the international Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology. The 75 previous inductees include: Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and George Westinghouse (Westinghouse).Rajagopal also has received patents for his continuum mechanics-related work in fields as divergent as biomechanics and granular material characterization to air brake control systems.