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Professor, Interim Department Head for Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
  • B.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989


Dr. Steve Shepard conducts fundamental and applied research in the areas of acoustics, vibrations, noise control, and dynamic systems. General topical areas include:

  • Development of new modeling and experimental characterization techniques
  • Formulation and development of improved inverse and reconstruction methods
  • Development and testing of advanced sensors and actuators
  • Creation and evaluation of new processing methods for advanced signal interrogation

These areas have included a range of projects from both industrial and government-based sponsors. Graduate students working in Shepard’s Structural Acoustics Lab utilize a range of data acquisition equipment and simulation tools. The University’s reconfigurable hemi-anechoic chamber also provides access to a high-precision experimental capability for a wide range of structure sizes and measurement needs.

Honors and Awards

  • NASA Faculty Fellow
  • United States Patent 8,141,667: Hybrid Dinghy Pusher
  • United States Patent 10,694,303: System and Methods for Broadcasting Audio

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • W. S. Shepard and J. Davis, “Acoustic methods for regionalizing an impact force acting on a structure,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 143(3), p. 1752 (2018).
  • E. Omidi, N. Mahmoodi and W. S. Shepard, Jr., “Multipositive feedback control method for active vibration suppression in flexible structures,” Mechatronics, 33, pp. 23-33 (2016).
  • B. Zhang and W. S. Shepard, Jr., “Study of moving sinusoidal wave across simple supported beam for sensor structural configuration,” J. Vib. Acoustics136(4), pp. 041009-11, (2014).
  • Z. Xie and W. S. Shepard, Jr., “Analytical modeling and analysis of a constrained layer damped plate to examine the Impact of the transverse compressional damping component,” Mech. of Adv. Mat. & Struct., 21(8), pp. 669-679 (2014).
  • Z. Xie and W. S. Shepard, Jr., “Development of a new finite element and parametric study for plates with compressible constrained layer damping,” J. Comp. Mat., 46(11), pp. 1263-1273 (2012).