Shane Ross

Professor and Engineering Mechanics Graduate Chair

Area(s) of Interest: Dynamics and Control, Fluid Mechanics
Phone: (540) 231-1616
Ross Research

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (MC 0219)
Norris Hall, Room 333P, Virginia Tech
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Nonlinear dynamics and chaos, mixing and transport processes, aerobiology, atmospheric transport, Lagrangian coherent structures, coherent sets, phase space transport, orbital mechanics, analysis of biomechanical data, dynamical boundary detection, geometric methods in dynamics, utilizing transport in complex flows.


  • 2004: Ph.D., Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology
  • 1998: B.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

  • 2015: Leader in Scholarship Award, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • 2012: Liviu Librescu Prize, Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • 2012: Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award
  • 2012: Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech College of Engineering
  • 2012: NSF CAREER Award (Faculty Early Career Development Program)
  • 2011: Plenary Speaker on Computational Methods in Dynamics at Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
  • 2011: Keynote Speaker at Lorentz Centre Workshop on Coherent Structure and Dynamical Systems, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2010: Dean's Award of Excellence for Outstanding New Assistant Professor
  • 2009: Invited Speaker at British Science Festival
  • 2008: Invited Speaker at Zurich Physics Colloquium

Professional Service

  • Astrodynamics Technical Committee, AIAA; NSF and NASA panel reviewer; node development


  • January 2011: Using topological equivalence to discover stable control parameters in biodynamic systems
  • January 2011: Topological chaos and periodic braiding of almost-cyclic sets
  • January 2011: Isolates of Fusarium graminearum collected 40-320 meters above ground level cause Fusarium head blight in wheat and produce trichothecene mycotoxins