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Principal Investigator: Dr. Shima Shahab

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, 2015

  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, 2013

  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerman, Iran, 2004


Office: 330 Norris Hall

Lab: 110 Norris Hall


Graduate Researchers

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Ahmed Sallam  


Ph.D., 8/19-present               Office: 309 Norris Hall  

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Ahmed Nawaz Janjua


Ph.D., 8/21-present              

Office: 305 Norris Hall  

Jiaxin Xi


Ph.D., 8/20-present               Office: 305 Norris Hall  


Ceren Cengiz

Ph.D., 8/22-present               Office: 309 Norris Hall    

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Moustafa Sayed Ahmed


Ph.D., 1/21-present              

Office: 305 Norris Hall  

Hrishikesh Kulkarni


Ph.D., 1/23-present               Office: 305 Norris Hall   


Eric Hoffmann


NSF REU researcher            

Office: 309 Norris Hall  

Ph.D. Alumni with Dissertation

  • Dr. Vamsi Meesala, completed Ph.D. dissertation on "Nonlinear effects in contactless ultrasound energy transfer systems", 5/18-12/20. Current position: Packaging R&D Engineer at Intel Corporation.

  • Dr. Marjan Bakhtiari-Nejad, completed Ph.D. dissertation on "Dynamics of multi-functional acoustic holograms in contactless ultrasonic energy transfer systems", 8/16-8/20. Current position: Research Fellow at FDA, Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability

  • Dr. Eric Dupuis, completed Ph.D. dissertation on "Electroelastic modeling and testing of direct contact ultrasonic clothes drying systems", 5/17-5/20. Current position: Mechanical Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Undersea Sensor Group

  • Dr. Aarushi Bhargava, completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Dynamics of smart materials in high-intensity focused ultrasound fields”, 8/16-5/20. Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Chicago, School of Medicine

M.S. Alumni with Thesis

  • Thomas Winnard, completed M.S. thesis on "Theoretical parametric study of through-wall acoustic energy transfer systems". 8/18-5/21. Current position: Application Engineer at Crystal Instruments.

Postdoc Alumni

  • Dr. Bhaben Kalita, Ph.D. from Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. 2021

  • Dr. Zhaokuan Lu, Ph.D. from Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech. Current position: Research Scientist at Ningbo Research Institute of Dalian University of Technology. 2020-2021

  • Dr. Vamsi Meesala, Ph.D. from Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech. Current position: Packaging R&D Engineer at Intel Corporation. 2021

  • Dr. Ayoub Yari Boroujeni,  Ph.D. from Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech. Current position: Product Design Engineer at Apple Inc. 2017-2018

Undergraduate and K12 Researchers (present and past members)

  • Neema Ahmadian, Freshman undergraduate, ME

  •  Shruti Das, Junior undergraduate, ME

  •  Harsha Chivaluri, Junior undergraduate, ME 

  • Ahmed Elnahhas, Senior undergraduate, ME

  • Ben Ailinger, Senior undergraduate, BEAM

  • Lee Jost, Senior undergraduate, BEAM

  • Evan Arents, Freshman undergraduate, ME

  • Emily Schanz, Junior undergraduate, ME

  • Jerry Stieg, Senior undergraduate, ME

  • Drew Biddell, Senior undergraduate, ME

  • Scott Gong, Senior undergraduate, ME

  • Jarrett Smith, Senior undergraduate, Hampton University

  • Neema Ahmadian, Blacksburg High School

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