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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
  • Humboldt Award for Senior Scientists, 1992

Selected Publications

R. C. Batra and Avirup Sircar, Analysis of Stiction in Nanoelectromechanical Systems Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Continuum Theory, J. of Elasticity,, 2022.

B. Guduri and R. C. Batra, Robust model reference adaptive controller for atmospheric plasma spray process, SN Applied Sciences, 4, Art. No. 128, 2022,

S. Ali Mousavi, Arash Bahrami, Omer San and Romesh C. Batra, Analysis of radial expansion, eversion, and cavitation of soft functionally graded material spheres, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 2022,

B. Alanbay, R.C. Batra, Optimization of blast mitigating sandwich structures with fiber-reinforced face sheets and PVC foam layers as core, Thin-Walled Structures, 179 (2022) 109721.

G. Gopinath, R. C. Batra, Effect of boundary conditions on values of homogenized fabrics's elastic parameters and material response, Composite Structures, 301, Art. No. 116229 (2022).

B. Guduri and R. C. Batra, Adaptive Control of the Atmospheric Plasma Spray Process for Functionally Graded Thermal Barrier Coatings, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 2022, Article ID 6852494, 21 pages, 2022.

R. C. Batra, Loading Devices and Non-classical Boundary Conditions, DOI:10.1007/s10659-023-09994-9, 2023.

Nikhil Sharma, Deepak Jain, Bikramjit Sharma, Romesh C Batra, Thermomechanical analysis of foulants and graphene platelets reinforced polymer matrix coated steel substrates, Composite Structures, Vol. 311, Art. No. 116848, 2023.

Shi-Rong Li, Feng Zhang, R.C. Batra, Thermoelastic damping in high frequency resonators using higher-order shear deformation theories, Thin-Walled Structures, 188, 2023, Art. No. 110778.

Manuel E. Umanzor, Romesh C. Batra, Christopher B. Williams, and Alan P. Druschitz, Parametric study on the performance of cast lattice structures loaded at low strain rates,, 2023.