Shaw, Steven

Harris Professor
Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Personal Overview

My research and teaching interests are in the general area of dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems, with a focus on nonlinear and noisy behavior. I am particulalry interested in the fundamental physics, modeling, and design of resonant micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems, and in the dynamics and design of centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers for rotating machinery.

Educational Background

A.B. Physics, University of Michigan, Flint (1978)

M.S.E. Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1979)

Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University (1983)

Recognition & Awards

N. O. Myklestad Award, ASME Design Division, 2013

University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, 2011-2016

University Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University, 2008

Withrow Distinguished Senior Scholar Award, Michigan State University, 2002

Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, SAE, 1997

Fellow, ASME, elected 1995

Westinghouse Distinguished Lecturer, University of Michigan, 1990

Henry Ford Customer Satisfaction Award, Ford Motor Company, 1986

Henry Hess Award, ASME, 1986

Current Courses

MAE 4024

MAE 5610

Professional Experience

2016-present, Harris Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

University Distinguished Professor (2011-2016), Professor, (1994-2011), Associate Professor (1987-1991), Acting Associate Chairperson (1990), Assistant Professor (1984-1987); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2014-present, Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University

1991-93, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1983-1984, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

July-August 2008, Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

January-June 2004, Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara, CA

Summers 2000, 2002-05, Visiting Research Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

January-June, 1989, Visiting Associate Professor, Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

July 1984, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

June 1983, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Additional Duties

Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 2012-present

Advisory Board, Nonlinear Dynamics, Springer, 2014-present (Contributing Editor, 1990-2014)

Member, Steering Committee, EPSRC Engineering Nonlinearity Grant; oversight of a £4.5M grant involving five universities and eight companies in the UK, 2013-2017

Member, Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound, Design Division, ASME, 2006-2012

Vice Chair, SIAM Dynamical Systems Activity Group, 2010-2011

Associate Technical Editor, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 2008-2014

High School Engineering Institute, Organizer/ Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Section, 2012-15

Spartan Engineering Teens, Organizer/Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Section, 2011, 2016

High School Engineering Exploration, Organizer/Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Section, 2010

Co-organizer, with L. Rensen, Minisymposium, “Nonlinear Modes and Modal Interactions,” IMAC XXXIV A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, 2016-18

Scientific Committee Member, Sixth International Conference on Nonlinear Vibrations, Localization and Energy Transfer. Liège, Belgium, 2016

Panel Member, “Present and Future Challenges in Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations: From Theory to Design," ASME IDETC, Boston, 2015

Member, NSF Committee on Research Needs & Open Questions in Vibration Energy Transport & Dissipation, A. Akay, Chair, 2015-16

Co-organizer, with K. Spak, Minisymposium, “Nonlinear Modal Interactions,” IMAC XXXIII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, 2015

Co-organizer, with Jeff Rhoads, Minisymposium, “Applications of Resonance,” USNCTAM, East Lansing, MI, 2014

Co-organizer, with Jeff Rhoads and Mohammad Younis, Minisymposium on “Micro- and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems,” European Conference on Nonlinear Oscillations, Vienna, 2014

Co-Organizer, with J. Moehlis and W. Lacarbona, Symposium on Design of Dynamic Structures, Devices, and Systems, 1st ASME Dynamics for Design Conference (DFD), 2012

Organizing Committee, SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, 2011 Co-Organizer and Co-Chair, Funding Panel Session, SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, 2011

Current Research

Fundamental physics, modeling, and design of resonant micro/nano-electromechanical systems for sensing and signal processing applications.

Dynamics and design of centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers for rotating machinery, with applications to automotive powertrain components.

Selected Publications

C. Cassella, S. Strachan, S. W. Shaw, and G. Piazza, “Phase Noise Suppression through Parametric Filtering,” Applied Physics Letters 110(6), 063503, 2017

L. L. Li, P. M. Polunin, S. Dou, O. Shoshani, B. S. Strachan, J. S. Jensen, S. W. Shaw, and K. L. Turner, “Tailoring the Nonlinear Response of MEMS Resonators Using Shape Optimization,” Applied Physics Letters 110(8), 081902, 2017

O. Shoshani and S. W. Shaw, “Generalized Parametric Resonance,” SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems 15(2), pp. 767–788, 2016

P. M. Polunin, Y. Yang, M. I. Dykman, T. W. Kenny, and S. W. Shaw, “Characterization of MEMS Resonator Nonlinearities Using the Ringdown Response,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 25(2), 297-30, 2016

O. Shoshani and S. W. Shaw, “Phase Noise Reduction and Optimal Operating Conditions for Synchronized Oscillators,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems 63(1), 1-11, 2016

S. Dou, B. S. Strachan, S. W. Shaw, J. S. Jensen, “Structural Optimization for Nonlinear Dynamic Response,” invited paper for a theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A373 no. 2051, 20140408, 2015

Shaw, Steven, Brian S. Strachan, Kimberly L. Turner, and Kamala Qalandar. "Frequency divider apparatus.” U.S. Patent application 20,150,357,992, published December 10, 2015

K. Qalandar, B. S. Strachan, B. Gibson, M. Sharma, A. Ma, S. W. Shaw, and K. L. Turner, “Frequency Division Using a Micromechanical Resonance Cascade,” Applied Physics Letters 105 020451, 2014

B. J. Olson, S. W. Shaw, C. Pierre, C. Shi, and R. Parker, “Circulant Matrices and Their Application in Vibration Analysis,” Applied Mechanics Reviews 66 040803, 2014

C. Shi, R. G. Parker, and S. W. Shaw, “Tuning of Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorbers for Translational and Rotational Vibration Reduction,” Mechanism and Machine Theory 66, 56-65, 2013

B. S. Strachan, S. W. Shaw, and O. Kogan, “Subharmonic Resonance Cascades in a Class of Coupled Oscillators” Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics 8 041015, 2013

N. J. Miller and S. W. Shaw, “Escape Statistics for Parameter Sweeps Through Bifurcations,” Physical Review E 85 046202, 2012

J. F. Rhoads, S. W. Shaw, and K. L. Turner, “Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications in Micro- and Nano-resonators,” invited review paper for the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control 132, 034001, 2010

M. R. Jeffrey, M. diBernardo, A. R. Champneys, and S. W. Shaw, “Catastrophic Sliding Bifurcations: The Case of Superconducting Stripline Resonators,” Physical Review E 81, 016213, 2010

S. W. Shaw and B. Geist, “Tuning for Stability and Performance in Nearly-Tautochronic Torsional Vibration Absorbers,” Journal of Vibration and Acoustics 132, 041005, 2010

Shaw, Steven W., Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Barry E. DeMartini, and Kimberly L. Turner. "Sensor with microelectro-mechanical oscillators." U.S. Patent 7,584,649, issued September 8, 2009