MENU

Steven Shaw

Professor | Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Contact Information

sshaw@fit.edu
(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, their applications in time-keeping and sensing, and in the dynamics and design of centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers for rotating machinery, with automotive applications.

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

2022-present, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

2016-2022, Harris Professor, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus (2016-present), 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

Selected Publications

Journal publications and patents over the most recent five years:

V. Pilipchuk, S. W. Shaw, and N. Chalhoub, “Control of dumbbell satellite orbits using moving mass actuators,” Nonlinear Dynamics, available online: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11071-022-07705-y, 2022

P. Polunin and S. W. Shaw, “Maximizing the rate sensitivity of resonating gyroscopes using nonlinear shape optimization,” invited paper for a special issue, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 32(6), 064003, 2022

J. Lee, S. W. Shaw, P. X.-L. Feng, “Giant parametric amplification and spectral narrowing in single- and few-layerMoS2 nanomechanical resonators,” Applied Physics Reviews 9(1), DOI: 10.1063/5.0045106, 2022

J. Mayet, M. Acar, and S. W. Shaw, “Effective and robust rocking centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers,” Journal of Sound and Vibration 527, p.116821, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2022.116821, 2022

D. Li, P. Polunin, and S. W. Shaw, “Computational Modeling of Nonlinear Dynamics and Its Utility in MEMS Gyroscopes,” invited paper for the inaugural issue, Journal of Structural Dynamics 1, 217-235, doi:10.25518/2684-6500.96, 2022

J. M. L. Miller, G. D. Vukasin, Z. Zhang, H.-K. Kwon, A. Majumdar, T. W. Kenny, and S. W. Shaw, “Effects of remote boundary conditions on clamping loss in micromechanical resonators,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems31(2), DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2021.3136885, 2022

M. Defoort, S. Hentz, S. W. Shaw, and O. Shoshani, “Amplitude stabilization in a synchronized nonlinear nanomechanical oscillator,” Communications Physics 5(1), p.1-7, https://doi.org/10.1038/s42005-022-00861-y, 2022

D. Tchokogoue ́, M. Mu, B. Feeny, B. Geist, S. Shaw, “The effects of gravity on the response of centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers,” Journal of Vibration and Acoustics 143(6): 061011, paper VIB-20-1497, https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4051030, 2021

 O. Shoshani and S. W. Shaw, “Resonant modal interactions in micro/nano-mechanical structures,” Nonlinear Dynamics (feature article) 104, 1801–1828, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11071-021-06405-3, 2021 

N. Miller, S. W. Shaw, and M. Dykman, “Suppressing frequency fluctuations in self-sustained vibrations in underdamped nonlinear resonators,” Physical Review Applied 15 (1) 014024, https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.15.014024, 2021

D. Li and S. W. Shaw, “The effects of nonlinear damping on degenerate parametric amplification,” Nonlinear Dynamics102, 2433–2452, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11071-020-06090-8, 2020

 J. M.L. Miller, D. D. Shin, H.-K. Kwon, S. W. Shaw, and T. W. Kenny, “Spectral narrowing of parametrically pumped thermomechanical noise,” Applied Physics Letters 117 (3) 033504 https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0009848, 2020

O. Shoshani, S. W. Shaw, and M. I. Dykman, “Tuning linear and nonlinear characteristics of a N/MEMS resonator via nonlinear interaction with a secondary resonator,” Nonlinear Dynamics 99, 433–443 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11071-019-05194-0,2020

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, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11071-019-05194-0, 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

Recognition & Awards

Keynote Lecture (virtual), NMC2022 Nanomechanical Sensing, 2022

Keynote Lecture (virtual), ASME IDETC Conference; MSNDC track, 2020

Plenary Lecture, ASME IMECE Conference; Dynamics, Vibration, and Controls Track, 2019

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

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 Early Career Publication Award, ASME, 1986

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.

Research & Project Interests

Edit Page