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Shima Shahab

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
Shima Shahab
330 Norris Hall
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

The theoretical and experimental research program at Multiphysics Intelligent and Dynamical Systems (MInDS) laboratory focuses on the structural dynamics and wave propagation in ultrasound-responsive intelligent material systems. The various interdisciplinary applications include wireless acoustic power transfer, acoustic holographic lenses, ultrasound atomization, microfluidics driven via ultrasonic, and ultrasound responsive polymer-based systems.

See Dr. Shahab's publications and research on Google Scholar.

  • 2022–Present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2019–2022, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2016-2019, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • 2015-2016, Instructor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • 2010-2015, Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • 2004-2010, Collaborative Researcher, Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, London, UK


  • NSF CAREER Award, 2022.
  • Virginia Tech Engineering Faculty Organization Award, 2021.
  • Virginia Tech ICTAS Junior Faculty Award, 2020.
  • ASME Energy Harvesting Best Paper Award, 2019.
  • Student Engineers' Council (SEC) Undergraduate Research Advisor Award, Virginia Tech, 2017.
  • Second-place winner in the Student Paper Competition of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound, 2015.
  • SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Award finalist (received honorable mention), 2015.
  • Invited participant for Virginia Tech Future Faculty Program, 2015.
  • Invited participant for GE's annual Networking Event at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, 2014.
  • Recipient of the Leo Beranek Student Medal for excellence in the study of noise control, 2013.
  • Anne Robinson Clough Conference Grant, 2012.


  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
  • B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerman, Iran, 2004