Dr. W. Steve Shepard Jr.
- Associate Department Head
- Departmental Graduate Program Director
Areas of Research
- Vibrations and Acoustics
- Inverse Methods
- Robotics and Human Systems
- Automation and Mechatronic Systems
- 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.
Publications and Patents:
- 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. Acoustics, 136(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).
Honors and Awards:
- NASA Faculty Fellow
- United States Patent 8,141,667: Hybrid Dinghy Pusher