Dr. W. Steve Shepard Jr.

  • Professor
  • Associate Department Head
  • Departmental Graduate Program Director

Contact Information

  • Office: 2065 H.M. Comer
  • Phone: (205) 348-0048
  • Fax: (205) 348-6419

Areas of Research

  • Vibrations and Acoustics
  • Inverse Methods
  • Robotics and Human Systems
  • Automation and Mechatronic Systems

Education

  • 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

Biography

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