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.

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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

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CMU Engineering

Micro mirage: the infrared information carrier

Researchers fabricate the world’s smallest QR code that, invisible to the naked eye, encrypts information to only be visible by an infrared camera lens.

Mining Dot Com

Shen discusses his new copper-based material that can increase electronics’ lifetime

MechE’s Sheng Shen explains how his new flexible, copper-based material can elongate the lifetime of electronics through a “sandwich” method.

CMU Engineering

How a sandwich is transforming electronics

Sheng Shen’s novel 3D graphene-nanowire “sandwich” can enable a wide variety of electronic systems to operate at a lower temperature with higher performance.

CMU Engineering

Unlocking richer intracellular recordings

A forward-thinking group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia has identified a flexible, low-cost, and biocompatible platform for enabling richer intracellular recordings.

CMU Engineering

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.

Tech Explorist

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.

Mechanical Engineering

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. 

Scott Institute

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.

CMU Engineering

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.

CMU Engineering

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.

CMU Engineering

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.