Dr. Rajapakse is currently Program Manager, Solid Mechanics, Office of Naval Research (ONR). The major focus of the Solid Mechanics Program is research on Marine Composites and Composite Sandwich Structures.
Dr. Rajapakse received a Ph. D. degree in Applied Mechanics, under the guidance of the late Professor J. N. Goodier, and a M. S. degree in Mathematics, from Stanford University.
He has been elected Fellow of four technical societies: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Engineering Science (SES), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), and American Society for Composites (ASC). He has served on the Editorial Boards of eight technical journals, including Composites Science and Technology, Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, Journal of Composite Materials, and Composites- Part B.
Dr. Rajapakse has served as President, Vice-president, Member of Board of Directors, of SES. He has served as Chairman of the Composite Materials Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, and of the Polymer-Matrix Composites Division of ASC.
He has organized ONR Symposia at several past ICCM Conferences including ICCM16, ICCM17, ICCM18, ICCM19, ICCM20 and ICCM21. He has delivered numerous Plenary/Keynote presentations at national and international conferences. He has edited/coedited 35 books, including recently: “Dynamic Failure of Materials and Structures,” “Blast Mitigation: Experimental and Numerical Studies,” “Durability of Composites in a Marine Environment II,” And ” Explosion Blast Response of Composites.”