Rajagopal receives honorary doctorates, recognized by journals

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, has received the Honoris Causa (D.Sc.) from Charles University in Prague, as well as the University of Pretoria and the University of Isai.

In addition, Rajagopal has been honored with special editions of several journals in celebration of his 60th birthday. Participating journals were:

  • Mathematical Models and Methods of Applied Sciences, On the occasion of 60th birthday (Guest editors: N. Bellomo and J. Malek), Volume 21, 1 (2011).
  • Applications of Mathematics, Dedicated to the 60th birthday (Guest editors: Pavel Krejci and V. Prusa), Volume 56, 1 (2011).
  • International Journal of Advances in Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics, Dedicated to the 60th birthday (Guest editors: J. Muralikrishnan and U. Saravanan), 3, 4 issues, (2011).
  • International Journal of Structural Changes in Solids, On the Occasion of the 60th birthday (editors: A.R. Srinivasa and S.M. Sivakumar), 3, 3 (2011).
  • International Journal of Engineering Science (750 pages), On the occasion of 60th birthday (Guest editors: G. Saccomandi and M. Destrade), Volume 48, 11 (2010).

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.