• Professor
  • Forsyth Chair in Mechanical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Regents Professor
  • Fellow, Michael E. DeBakey Institute, Texas A&M University
  • Senior Research Fellow, Texas Transportation Institute
Kumbakonam Rajagopal

Educational Background

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

Research Interests

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

Awards & Honors

  • Honoris Causa, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2019
  • 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 (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 (4 issues) 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)

Selected Publications

  • KR Rajagopal, A note on the linearization of the constitutive relations of non-linear elastic bodies, Mechanics Research Communications
  • K. R. Rajagopal, M. Zappalorto, Bodies described by non-monotonic strain-stress constitutive equations containing a crack subject to anti-plane shear stress, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences 149, 494-499 (2018).
  • J Málek, K Rajagopal, K Tůma, Derivation of the Variants of the Burgers Model Using a Thermodynamic Approach and Appealing to the Concept of Evolving Natural Configurations, Fluids 3 (4), 69 (2018).
  • MR Nivitha, JM Krishnan, KR Rajagopal, Viscoelastic transitions exhibited by modified and unmodified bitumen, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 1-15 (2018).
  • AD Freed, KR Rajagopal, A promising approach for modeling biological fibers (vol 227, pg 1609, 2016), ACTA MECHANICA 229 (8), 3573-3573 (2018).