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Romesh Batra, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor
  • Clifton C. Garvin Professor
Batra Romesh
333-E Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Romesh Batra Research Website

Research Areas

  • Solid mechanics

Research Interests

  • Material failure under extreme loadings
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Composites
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems
  • Nanostructures, molecular mechanics/dynamics modeling


  • Johns Hopkins University: Ph.D., Mechanics and Materials, 1972
  • University of Waterloo,:M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 1969
  • Punjabi University (India): B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1968

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • Belytschko Medal from the US Association of Computational Mechanics, 2019
  • Fulbright Specialist in Solid Mechanics, Coimbatore, India, 2017
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, 2016
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Honorary Member Award, 2015
  • Selected as Fulbright Specialist in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, 2013
  • Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award, 2011
  • State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award, 2010
  • Engineering Science Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, 2009
  • D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), Thapar University, India, 2006

Recent Publications

Y. Q. Zhao, Y. Zhou, Z. M. Huang, R. C. Batra, Experimental and Micromechanical Investigation of T300/7901 Unidirectional Composite Strength, Polymer Composites, 40, 2639-2652, 2019.

J. Fariborz, R. C. Batra, Free vibration of bi-directional functionally graded material circular beams using shear deformation theory employing logarithmic function of radius, Composite Structures 210 (2019) 217-230.

G.J. Nie, Anup Pydah, R.C. Batra, Torsion of bi-directional functionally graded truncated conical cylinders, Composite Structures 210 (2019) 831-839.

G.Gopinath, R.C. Batra, Sensitivity of responses of three Micro-Mechanics approaches to changes in unit cell configuration and inclusion shape, Composite Structures 213 (2019) 118-132.

Bikramjit Mukherjee, David A. Dillard, Romesh C. Batra, On preferential debonding during demolding of a sandwiched elastomeric layer, International Journal of Solids and Structures 170 (2019) 123-141.

L. Yuan, R.C. Batra, Optimum first failure load design of one/two-core sandwich plates under blast loads, and their ultimate loads, Composite Structures, Vol. 224, Art. No. 111022, 2019.

Lisha Yuan, Romesh C. Batra, Vibrations of an Incompressible Linearly Elastic Plate Using Discontinuous Finite Element Basis Functions for Pressure, J. of Vibration and Acoustics, Vo. 141, Art. No. 051016, 2019.

Ruchao Shi, Yegao Qu, Romesh C. Batra, Numerical simulation of underwater explosion wave propagation in water–solid–air/water system using ghost fluid/solid method, Journal of Fluids and Structures 90 (2019) 354-378.

G.J. Nie, R.C. Batra, Reducing stress concentration factor by strengthening circular hole with functionally graded incompressible material layer, Thin-Walled Structures 144 (2019) 106223.

Qian Li, Romesh C. Batra, Ian Graham, David A. Dillard, Examining T-peel specimen bond length effects: Experimental and numerical explorations of transitions to steady-state debonding, International Journal of Solids and Structures 180-181 (2019) 72-83.