• Research

    The Multiphysics Intelligent and Dynamical Systems (MInDS) laboratory focuses on the intersection of smart materials and dynamical systems for various interdisciplinary applications, including contactless acoustic energy transfer, acoustofluidics, piezoelectric actuation, and biomedical opportunities and challenges.

    Current research topics at MInDS include intelligent fluid flow control using smart materials and metamaterial-inspired concepts, high-intensity focused ultrasound for wireless charging of low-power sensors, ultrasound responsive drug delivery systems, and microfluidics driven via ultrasonics.

    The goal is to design a new generation of smart autonomous biomedical systems that lead to new medical diagnostics and treatments.

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2019–Present, 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

  • Awards and Honors

    2017 – Student Engineers Council (SEC) Undergraduate Research Advisor award
    2017 – Best Student Paper Award in the ASME SMASIS Conference for MInDS PhD student
    2017 – ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant for MInDS undergraduate student
    2016 – Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) award for MInDS PhD student
    2016 – Fralin Undergraduate Research fellowship for MInDS undergraduate student
    2016 – Davenport Scholarship for the 2016–2017AY for MInDS PhD student
    2015 – Second-place in the Student Paper Competition of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound
    2015 – SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Award honorable mention
    2015 – Invited participant for Virginia Tech Future Faculty Program
    2014 – Invited participant for GE’s annual Networking Event at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY
    2013 – Recipient of the Leo Beranek Student Medal for excellence in the study of noise control
    2012 – Anne Robinson Clough Conference Grant



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

(540) 231-6516
330 Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Shima Shahab

Assistant Professor