Sanjay Govindjee

Sanjay Govindjee
Horace, Dorothy, and Katherine Johnson Professor in Engineering
Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials

Theoretical and computational solid mechanics,constitutive theory, micromechanics

Office 779 Davis Hall
Phone (510) 642-6060
Fax (510) 643-8928

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2022 M 2-3, W 1-3 (779 Davis)


Sanjay Govindjee is a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Horace, Dorothy, and Katherine Johnson Endowed Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1993-2006, 2008-present). His main interests are in theoretical and computational mechanics with an emphasis on micro-mechanics, shape memory alloys, and elastomers.   Prior to joining Berkeley he worked as an engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1991-1993) in Livermore, California.   He was also Professor of Mechanics at ETH Zürich (2006-2008) in Zürich, Switzerland.  

Sanjay Govindjee obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Stanford University in 1991 under the guidance of the late Prof. Juan C. Simo and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1987. His S.B. is in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. 

Dr. Govindjee also serves as a consultant to several governmental agencies and private corporations. He is an active member in major societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the US Association for Computational Mechanics. He is also a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the state of California.

Noteworthy honors include a National Science Foundation Career Award, the inaugural 1998 Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship 1999, a Berkeley Chancellor's Professorship 2006-2011, and a guest Professorship at ETH Zürich 2008-2013.  In 2015 he was named a Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics.  In 2018 he received a Humboldt-Forschungspreis (Humboldt Research Award).


  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1991
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1987
  • S.B. - Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986