Rajkumar Prabhu (Raj)


Office: CAVS 2215
Phone: (662) 325-8586

200 Research Blvd

Dr. Raj Prabhu is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at Mississippi State University (MSU). His research is focused on studying Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through high strain rate Split-Hopkinson bar experiments on the brain and Finite Element (FE) simulations of the brain under large strains and blast related scenarios. MSU recognized his PhD work by awarding him graduate student researcher of the year (2010-2011) award. In the current position, he leads the modeling and simulation efforts within the ABE's HumanBodySim research group. The HumanBodySim group is highly interdisciplinary and includes doctoral students, Post-Docs and faculty members who specialize in material science, computational solid engineering and biomedical engineering. Dr. Prabhu is also involved in teaching graduate level continuum mechanics, undergraduate level biomedical engineering design courses.
Research Interest:
Dr. Prabhu leads the university’s research on the finite element analysis of diverse injury scenarios (car crash, blast and blunt impact) to the human head. He is also currently involved in developing physics-based constitutive description for bio-polymeric materials. Further, he is also part of collaborative research with university faculties in the areas of computational mechanics, cognitive psychology of traumatic injuries and regional weather modeling.

Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by Rajkumar Prabhu (Raj):  66 
Lee, N, Williams, L. N., Mun, S., Rhee, H., Prabhu, R., Bhattarai, K. R., & Horstemeyer, M. (2017). Stress Wave Mitigation at Suture Interfaces. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express. IOP Publishing Ltd. 3, 035025. DOI:10.1088/2057-1976/aa777e. [Abstract] [Document] [Document Site]

Weed, B. C., Bova, T. L., Patnaik, S. S., Brazile, B., Mochal-King, C., Rude, B., Prabhu, R., Williams, L. N., & Liao, J. (2014). 3D Printing Assisted Rapid Prototyping and Optimization: Development of a Novel Small Intestinal Cannula for Equine Research. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. USA: Mar Ann Liebert Publications. 1(2), 104-106. DOI:10.1089/3dp.2013.0008.

Johnson, K. L., Trim, W., Williams, L. N., Liao, J., Horstemeyer, M., & Prabhu, R. (2013). Geometric Effects on Stress Wave Propagation. ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. New York, NY: ASME. 2(136), 021023. DOI:10.1115/1.4026320. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Prabhu, R., Mao, Y., Marin, E., Williams, L. N., Liao, J., & Horstemeyer, M. (2012). Novel Simulation-Based Analysis of the Biomechanics of Blast-Related Traumatic Brain Injury (bTBI). BMES 2012 Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. [Document]

Prabhu, R., Horstemeyer, M., Bouvard, J.-L., Sherburn, J. A., Williams, L. N., Marin, E., & Liao, J. (2011). Coupled Experiment / Finite Element Analysis on the Mechanical Response of Porcine Brain under High Strain Rates. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. Elsevier. 4(7), 1067-1080. DOI:10.1016/j.jmbbm.2011.03.015. [Abstract]