Rajagopal to receive honorary doctorate from Charles University

Photo of Dr. K.R. RajagopalDr. K.R. Rajagopal, Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and the Forsyth Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will be honored April 4 by Charles University in Prague.

Rajagopal will be recognized with the Honoris Causa (DSc) for his "outstanding academic achievements in the field of continuum mechanics and for long-term support in the development of this discipline at Charles University." Charles University was founded in 1348, and it was the first university in Central Europe (in Europe, north of the alps and west of Paris) and is also considered the earliest German university.

Rajagopal is also a professor in the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Zachry Department of
 Civil Engineering, and the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, and a senior research scientist for the Texas Transportation Institute.

He is an expert in continuum mechanics, 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.

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 Indian National Academy of Engineering and the international Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology. He has also been selected to appear on ISIHighlyCited.com because of his exceptional citation count in the field of engineering.

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.