Mohsen Shahinpoor, Ph.D., P.E. Mohsen Shahinpoor

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Adviser/Director: Robotics Minor

Faculty Adviser/Director: Biomedical Engineering Minor

Faculty Associate: Center on Aging, University of Maine

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 314
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2143;

Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from University of Delaware, 1970

External Engagements:

  • Fellow: National Academy of Inventors, USA
  • Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), USA
  • Fellow: Royal Society Of Chemistry (RSC), UK
  • Fellow: Institute of Physics, (IOP), UK
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Sandia National Laboratories, 2001 and 2004
  • Consultant, Sandia National Laboratories, 1994-2007, Los Alamos National laboratories, 1995-2007
  • General Chair: Biomimetics, Artificial Muscles and Nanobio International Congress (9th. BAMN 2017, Australia)

Teaching Areas: (More Information)

Intro to Biomedical Engineering; Strength of Materials; Modeling, Analysis and Control of Mechanical Systems; Kinematic Design of Mechanisms and Machines; Robot Dynamics and Control; Mechanics of Composite Materials; Mechanical Vibrations; Advanced Vibrations I; Smart Materials

Research Areas: (Expanded View)

  • Smart/Intelligent Materials, Structures and Systems
  • Biomimetics, Nano-Bio Engineering and Artificial Muscles
  • Biologically-Inspired Engineering Systems (BIES), and Robotic Devices and Systems (BIRDS)
  • Intelligent Robotic Systems, Robotic Surgery and Microsurgery
  • Health Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advanced Nanocomposites and Electroactive Polymers
  • Heart Assist Systems, Left Ventricular Assist Systems (LVAS), Heart Failure Prevention
  • Bionic Vision and Ophthalmological Engineering
  • Neuro and Endovascular Surgical Tools and Medical Implants.

Principal Sponsors:

  • DOE, NSF, NASA, US Air Force, DoD, NRL, ARO, DARPA

Select Research / Collaboration Activities:

  • Dynamic Monitoring of the Geometry of Inflated Space Structures by Smart Flexible Sensors, NASA
  • Dynamic Analysis of Elastically Deformable Robotic Manipulators, DoD-ARO
  • Dynamics of Ionic Polymer Metal Composites for Underwater Swimming and Data Collection, DoD-NRL
  • Designing Surface Micromorphology to Reduce Turbulent Fluctuations and Eddies, DoD-AFOSR

Select Publications / Conference Presentations: (*Student, **Postdoc)

  • M. Alahbakhshi*, A. Fallahi*, E. Mohajerani*, M. R. Fathollahi*, F. Afshar Taromi*, and M. Shahinpoor, “High-performance Bi-stage process in reduction of graphene oxide for transparent conductive electrodes”, Optical Materials, Vol. 64, pp: 366-375, 2017.
  • D. Armstrong, B. Najafi, and M. Shahinpoor, “Potential Applications of Smart Multi-Functional Wearable Materials to Gerontology”, Gerontology Journal, accepted for publication, Manuscript No.: 201606007, Published online: January 12, 2017.
  • A. Fallahi*, Y. Bahramzadeh*, E. Tabatabaie*, and M. Shahinpoor, “A Novel Multifunctional Soft Robotic Transducer Made with Poly (Ethylene-co-Methacrylic Acid) Ionomer Metal Nanocomposite”, accepted for publication, Int. Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications, Special Issue on Soft Robotics, to appear, 2017.
  • M. Shahinpoor, “Ionic Polymer Metal Composites as Soft Biomimetic Robotic Artificial Muscles”, RSC Smart Materials Series, Number 18, Royal Society of Chemistry Publishers, pp. 341-363, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK, 2016.
  • M. Shahinpoor, “Ionic Polymer Metal Composites as Dexterous Manipulators and Haptic Feedback/Tactile Sensors for Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery”, RSC Smart Materials Series, Number 18, Royal Society of Chemistry Publishers, pp. 311-340, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK, 2016.

Professional Activities / Memberships:

  • Talent Judge: National Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) sponsored by National Inventors Hall of Fame and conducted by: National Academy of Inventors;
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
  • Institute of Physics
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Sigma Xi, AAAS