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K.T. Ramesh

RameshKTK.T. RAMESH, the Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Professor of Science and Engineering, received his doctorate from Brown University in 1987. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, he joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1988, becoming department chair in 1999. He remains director of the Center for Advanced Metallic and Ceramic Systems at Johns Hopkins, a role he has played since founding the center in 2001. Dr. Ramesh is active in all of the major professional societies in his field, including serving as a member of the governing boards of the American Academy of Mechanics and the Society of Engineering Science, and has played a significant role in blue-ribbon groups suggesting research and development directions for the U.S. Army and for the National Academies. In addition to over 130 peer-reviewed technical articles, he is the author of Nanomaterials: Mechanics and Mechanisms (Springer, 2009).

Dr. Ramesh is a brilliant scholar who has also been an extremely effective leader in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, not only as chair but also as a driving force in the department’s growth. He has garnered international acclaim for research that spans a wide range of subject matters, including nanostructured materials, high strain rate behavior and dynamic failure of materials, the dynamics of human tissues, and planetary impact problems. The common thread in all of Dr. Ramesh’s research is his interest in dynamic problems with applications on scales that range from asteroid hazard mitigation to understanding and mitigating traumatic brain injury and developing strong, lightweight structural materials for personnel and vehicular protection.