Steven Shaw

Professor | Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Harris Professor |

Contact Information
(321) 674-8698
F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, 305

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)

Professional Experience

2016-present, Harris Professor, Department of Mechanical and Civil 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

Professor Shaw has also held regular or visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, Oakland University, McGill University, University of California-Santa Barbara, California Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, and Cornell University.

Current Courses

MEE 4014

MEE 4024

MTH 5050 (Applied Dynamical Systems)

MAE 5610

Selected Publications

Journal publications and patents over the most recent five years:

D. Czaplewski, D. López, S. Strachan, O. Shoshani, and S. W. Shaw, “Bifurcation diagram and dynamic response of a MEMS resonator with a 1:3 internal resonance,” Applied Physics Letters 114, 254104 (also featured in AIP Scilights), 2019

J. M. L. Miller, D. D. Shin, H.-K. Kwon, S. W. Shaw, and T. W. Kenny, “Phase control of self-excited parametric resonators,” Physical Review Applied 12 044053, 2019

O. Shoshani, S. W. Shaw, and M. I. Dykman, “Tuning linear and nonlinear characteristics of a N/MEMS resonator via nonlinear interaction with a bath resonator,” Nonlinear Dynamics,, 2019

D. Czaplewski, C. Chen, D. López, O. Shoshani, M. Eriksson, S. Strachan, and S. Shaw, “Bifurcation Generated Mechanical Frequency Comb,” Physical Review Letters 121 244302, 2018

C. Chen, D. H. Zanette, D. Czaplewski, S. W. Shaw, and D. López, “Direct observation of coherent energy transfer in nonlinear micro-mechanical oscillators,” Nature Communications 8:15523, 2017

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

P. Polunin and S. W. Shaw, “Self-Induced Parametric Amplification in Ring Resonating Gyroscopes,” International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics 94, 300-308, 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

C. Shi, S. W. Shaw, and R. G. Parker, “Vibration Reduction in a Tilting Rotor Using Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorbers,” Journal of Sound and Vibration 385, pp. 55-68, 2016

O. Shoshani, D. Heywood, Y. Yang, T.W. Kenny, and S.W. Shaw, “Phase noise reduction in a MEMS oscillator using a nonlinearly enhanced synchronization domain,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 25(5), pp. 870-876, 2016

Y. Yang, E. J. Ng, P. M. Polunin, Y. Chen, I. B. Flader, S. W. Shaw, M. I. Dykman, and T. W. Kenny, “Nonlinearity of Degenerately-Doped Bulk-mode Silicon MEMS Resonators,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 25(2), pp. 859-869, 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

J. Issa and S. W. Shaw, “Synchronous and Non-synchronous Responses of Systems with Multiple Identical Nonlinear Vibration Absorbers,” Journal of Sound and Vibration 348, 105–125, 2015

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


Recognition & Awards

T. K. Caughey Award, ASME Applied Mechanics Division, 2019

Opening Plenary Lecture, First International Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (NODYCON2019), Rome, Italy, 2019

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


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.

Research & Project Interests