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Shima Shahab

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
Shima Shahab
Virginia Tech Research Center (VTRC)
900 N. Glebe Road, Room 5-008
Arlington, VA 22203

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


  • Mary Virginia Jones Faculty Fellow, 2023.
  • Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, ASME, 2023.
  • Virginia Tech Faculty Fellow Award, College of Engineering, 2023.
  • 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