Sheng Shen is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He also holds courtesy appointments in both the Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Departments at CMU. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and BS and MS degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Prior to joining CMU in 2011, he conducted his postdoctoral research at UC-Berkeley. His research focuses on nanophotonics, nanoscale energy transport and conversion, nanofabrication and advanced manufacturing, and their applications in thermal management, light sources and devices, thermal emission control, solar or thermal energy conversion, infrared sensing and detection, multifunctional materials, and others.
Shen is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Director’s Fellowship, DARPA Young Faculty Award, and Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award for Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. He also received the CMU Dean’s Early Career Fellowship, the Philomathia Foundation Research Fellowship in Alternative Energy Research from UC-Berkeley, a Hewlett-Packard Best Paper Award from ASME Heat Transfer Division, and a Best Paper Award in Julius Springer Forum on Applied Physics.
Engineering Polymer Nanofibers
2011 Postdoc., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
2010 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2003 MS, Engineering Thermophysics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
2000 BS, Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Hot Stuff: Unusual thermal diode rectifies heat in both directions
Dual-mode thermal rectification could be a game changer for a range of industrial and medical applications.
Shen quoted on metamaterials
MechE’s Sheng Shen’s research on metamaterials was featured on Tech Explorist.
CMU Mechanical Engineering
Shen creates new law for metamaterials
MechE’s Sheng Shen created a new law for determining the thermal emission properties of metamaterials.
A new law for metamaterials
Sheng Shen and his student Jiayu Li have created a new scale law to describe the thermal emission from metasurfaces and metamaterials.
CMU Engineering faculty awarded Scott Institute seed grants
Eight research projects lead by CMU Engineering faculty have been awarded 2020 Seed Grants for Energy Research by the Scott Institue for Energy Innovation.
Creating an on-off switch for heat
This polymer thermal regulator can quickly transform from a conductor to an insulator, and back again. By switching between the two states, it can control its own temperature as well as the temperature of its surroundings, such as a refrigerator or computer.
Sheng Shen’s spectacular supersolder
Mechanical Engineering’s Sheng Shen has created “supersolder,” an ultracompliant thermal interface material with twice the thermal conductivity of conventional solders.
A high-tech spin on spider silk
This game-changing technology can transform polymers from soft and thermally insulating materials to an ultra-strong and thermally conductive material.
The College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Dean’s Early Career Fellowships. These fellowships will provide the following young faculty members with additional funding for their outstanding research.