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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

Md Rushdie Ibne Islam, J. Q. Zheng, Romesh C. Batra, Ballistic performance of ceramic and ceramic-metal composite plates with JH1, JH2 and JHB material models, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 137, 2020, Art. No. 103469.

R. C. Batra, Anup Pydah, Impact analysis of PEEK/ceramic/gelatin composite for finding behind the armor trauma, Composite Structures, Vol. 237, 2020, Art. No. 111863.

Berkan Alanbay, Romesh C. Batra, and Rakesh K. Kapania, Lowest Twelve Frequencies of Sandwich Plates Using Third-Order Shear-Normal Deformation Theory, AIAA Journal, Vol. 58, pp. 1821-1835, 2020.

YQ Zhao, F Jiang, ZM Huang, and RC Batra, Micromechanical progressive damage analysis of inter- and intra-layer failures in fiber-reinforced composite laminates, Journal of Composite Materials, 54, 2913-2942, 2020.

Qian Li, David A. Dillard, Romesh C. Batra, Kearsley-type instabilities in finite deformations of transversely isotropic and incompressible hyperelastic materials, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 196-197, 171-178, 2020.

Berkan Alanbay, Rakesh K. Kapania, Romesh C. Batra, Up to lowest 100 frequencies of rectangular plates using Jacobi polynomials and TSNDT, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 480, 2020, Art. No. 115352.

Lisha Yuan, Unchalisa Taetragool, Romesh C. Batra, Optimum First Failure Loads of One- and Two-Core Doubly Curved Sandwich Shells, AIAA J., 58, 3665-3679, 2020.

G. Gopinath, R. C. Batra, Prediction of elastic moduli and ultimate strength of fiber/yarn-reinforced elastic-plastic matrix using Fourier series approach and cuboidal/wedge sub-volumes., International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 125, 2020, Art. No. 105539.

D. Jain, Y.Q. Zhao, R. C. Batra, Analysis of three-dimensional bending deformations and failure of wet and dry laminates, Composite Structures, Vol. 252, 2020, Art. No. 112687.

Berkan Balanbay, Rakesh K. Kapania, and Romesh C. Batra, Free Vibration of Thick Quadrilateral Laminates Using Third-Order Shear-Normal Deformation Theory, AIAA Journal, 2020