is a professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
at Virginia Tech
. He has made contributions to Continuum Mechanics
and Nonlinear Elasticity and has published over 300 journal articles widely read and reputed referred journals.
He was born in India
and completed his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
from University of Punjab in 1968 where he won the "Gold Medal" for being first in three states. He went on to pursue higher studies in University of Waterloo
. Batra earned his doctorate in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University
under the direction of J. L. Ericksen
. His dissertation was titled "On Non-Classical Boundary Conditions".
He worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Hopkins for a year, and also at McMaster University
, Canada for a year before joining the University of Missouri–Rolla
as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Fall 1974. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1977 and to full Professor in 1982. In 1994, he joined Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) as the Clifton C. Garvin Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, where he has written his own text book, The Elements of Continuum Mechanics
. In 2010, he was appointed as a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia