Faculty Expert Profile

K.T. Ramesh

  • Director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute
  • Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Professor of Science and Engineering


  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • Johns Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute

Languages spoken

  • English

K.T. Ramesh is the founding director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), which addresses the ways in which people, structures and the planet interact with and respond to extreme environments. HEMI brings together experts from Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Applied Physics Laboratory, as well as scientists and engineers from other universities, government, and industry.

Ramesh’s current research focuses on the design of materials for extreme conditions, the massive failure of rocks and ceramics, impact processes in planetary science, and impact biomechanics. One project involves modeling the disruption of asteroids that could hit the Earth.

In another project, Ramesh's lab is developing a detailed digital model of the human brain to help address how brain injury results from head impacts. Other current projects include the use of laser shock experiments to study the deformation and failure of material in protective gear for the U.S. Army, the use of data science approaches in materials design, and the development of a hypervelocity facility for defense and space applications.

He has written over 200 archival journal publications and is the author of the book “Nanomaterials: Mechanics and Mechanisms.”

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