Shima Shahab

Assistant Professor

Area(s) of Interest: Solid Mechanics, Dynamics and Control
Phone: (540) 231-6516
MInDS Laboratory

330 Norris Hall (MC 0219)
495 Old Turner Street


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerman, Iran, 2004.

Research Areas and Descriptors

Energy Harvesting, Acoustics and Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials:

  • Piezoelectric energy harvesting from dynamical systems, multiphysics modeling of submerged piezoelectric structures, ultrasonic acoustic energy transfer, acoustic fluid-structure interaction, structural dynamics, vibrations, smart structures, and theoretical and experimental modal analysis.

Professional Experience

  • Virginia Tech, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Assistant Professor, August 2016-present.
  • Virginia Tech, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Instructor, August 2015-August 2016.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Smart Structures and Dynamical Systems Laboratory, Graduate Research Assistant, 2013-2015.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Marine Bioacoustics Laboratory, Graduate Research Assistant, 2010-2013.
  • Advanced Computational Mechanics Group (CMG) at Brunel University (West London), Collaborative Researcher, 2004-2010.


  1. Shahab, S. and Erturk, A., 2016, Coupling of Experimentally Validated Electroelastic Dynamics and Mixing Rules Formulation for Macro-Fiber Composite Piezoelectric Structures,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, in press.
  2. Shahab, S. and Erturk, A., 2016, Electrohydroelastic Euler-Bernoulli-Morison Model for Underwater Resonant Actuation of Macro-Fiber Composite Cantilevers, Smart Materials and Structures, 25, 105007.
  3. Shahab, S., Tan, D., and Erturk, A., 2015, Hydrodynamic Thrust Generation and Power Consumption Investigations for Piezoelectric Fins with Different Aspect Ratios, European Physical Journal – Special Topics, 224, 3419-3434 (Special Issue on Dynamics of Animal Systems).
  4. Shahab S., Gray M. and Erturk A., 2015, Ultrasonic Power Transfer from a Spherical Acoustic Wave Source to a Free-Free Piezoelectric Receiver: Modeling and Experiment.  Journal of Applied Physics, 117, 104903.
  5. Shahab, S. and Erturk, A., 2014, Contactless Ultrasonic Energy Transfer for Wireless Systems: Acoustic-Piezoelectric Structure Interaction Modeling and Performance Enhancement. Smart Materials and Structures, 23, 125032.
  6. Shahab S., Mirtaheri M., Mirzaeifar R. and Bahai H., 2011, Improving the Energy Absorption Capacity of Shear Walls by Shifting the Buckling Threshold. Advances in Structural Engineering, 14 (6): 1247-1257.
  7. Shahab S., Mirzaeifar R. and Bahai H., 2009, Coupled Modification of Natural Frequencies and Buckling Loads of Composite Cylindrical Panels. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 51(9-10):708-717.
  8. Mirzaeifar R., Shahab S. and Bahai H., 2009, An Approximate Method for Simultaneous Modification of Natural Frequencies and Buckling Loads of Thin Rectangular Isotropic Plates. Engineering Structures, 31 (1): 208-215.
  9. Mirzaeifar R., Bahai H. and Shahab S., 2008, A New Method for Finding the First and Second- order Eigenderivatives of Asymmetric Non-conserving Systems with Application to an FGM Plate Actively Controlled by Piezoelectric Sensor/Actuators. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 75 (12): 1492-1510.
  10. Mirzaeifar R., Bahai H. and Shahab S., 2008, Active Control of Natural Frequencies of FGM Plates by Piezoelectric Sensor/Actuator Pairs. Smart Materials and Structures, 17 (4) 045003.

Honors and Awards

  • Second-place winner in the Student Paper Competition of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound.
  • SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Award finalist (received honorable mention), 2015.
  • Invited participant for Virginia Tech Future Faculty Program, 2015.
  • Invited participant for GE's annual Networking Event at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, 2014.
  • Recipient of the Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control, 2013.
  • Anne Robinson Clough Conference Grant, 2012.
  • Smart Materials and Structures top 30 most accessed papers in 2008.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA (INCE/USA)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)



Spring 2018 force-add survey opens January 5.


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