Vellore Gopalaratnam - Mizzou Engineering

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Vellore Gopalaratnam

P.E., Professor

E2501 Lafferre Hall

Phone: 573-882-2683


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Vellore S. Gopalaratnam is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri. He has also been active in other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Mechanics, Society of Experimental Mechanics and the Materials Research Society. He has previously served as the chair of the ACI Fracture Mechanics Committee and secretary of the ACI Fiber Reinforced Concrete Committee. Gopalaratnam has served as a visiting professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in Chennai, India and Amrita University in Coimbatore, India.

As a Fulbright Specialist (at Amrita University) and a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar (at IIT-Madras), he has been actively engaged in research on widespread implementation of precast prestressed concrete technologies for housing and infrastructure applications in India. He is the coordinator of the minor in engineering sustainability at Mizzou and serves as the director of the Mizzou Engineering STEM Scholars Program, a project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

His research interests include sustainable materials and infrastructure, prestressed concrete, high performance and fiber reinforced cement composites, polymer concretes, experimental mechanics, performance evaluation of bridges and field instrumentation and monitoring of structures. He has published extensively in international journals and made numerous invited presentations at international meetings on these topics.


PhD from Northwestern University
ME from the Asian Institute of Technology
BE (honors) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Technical Focus

Bridges and pavements

Composite materials

Engineering sustainability

Experimental mechanics

Prestressed and high performance concrete materials