Romesh Batra

Clifton C Garvin Professor

Area(s) of Interest: Solid Mechanics
Phone: (540) 231-6051
Romesh Batra Website

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (MC 0219) Norris Hall, Room 333-E, Virginia Tech 495 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061


Multiscale Analysis of Multiphiysics Problems involving Material and Geometric Nonlinearities, Nanomechanics, Dynamic Failure under Shock Loads, Smart Structures, Functionally Graded Materials.


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

Honors and Awards

  • 2015: ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Honorary Member Award
  • 2013: Selected as Fulbright Specialist in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics
  • 2009:  Engineering Science Medal from the Society of Engineering Science
  • 2006:  D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), Thapar University, India

Professional Service

  • ‚ÄčCo-Editor & Co-founder - Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids (1/95 – Present)
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. Computational Methods (1/04-12/13); Honorary Editor (1/14 – Present)
  • President – Society of Engineering Science, Inc., 1996
  • Organizer and Co-Chair - 14th U.S. National Congress of Theoretical & Applied Mechs., Virginia Tech, June 23-28, 2002

Publications (see separate page)


Volunteer Research Opportunity

VStudents from the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics along with Dr. Nicole Abaid are conducting a Senior Design Project titled "Controlling Crowds Through Human-Robot Interactions." The goal of this project is to study how we can use a human-robot interaction to influence the movement of a group of people. To test our study, we will be performing an interactive experiment using a mobile robot and human participants in The Cube Lab at Moss Arts Center.

We are looking for student volunteers! Students will have an opportunity to participate in university research, and gain exposure to robotics, dynamics, and motion capture analysis in a state of the art lab.