Mohsen Shahinpoor, Ph.D., P.E. 

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor/Director: Robotics Minor
Faculty Advisor/Director: Biomedical Engineering Minor
Faculty Associate: Center on Aging, University of Maine
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 207 A
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2143; shah@maine.edu

Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the 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
  • Fellow: International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM), Sweden
  • 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; Directed Studies in 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: (More Information)

  • Smart/Intelligent Materials, Structures, and Systems
  • Biomimetics, Nano-Bio Engineering, Soft Robotics, 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
  • Dynamics of Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMCs) as Biomimetic Soft Robotic Artificial Muscles, DoD-NRL
  • Surgical Correction of Ptosis, Ophthalmotronics LLC 
  • Development of Accommodating Intraocular Lenses, Ophthalmotronics LLC 
  • Designing Surface Micromorphology to Reduce Turbulent Fluctuations and Eddies, DoD-AFOSR

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

  • M. Shahinpoor, “Artificial Muscles: Advanced Polymeric Nano Composites”, Second Edition, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, London SW15 2NU, Great Britain, 2nd. edition, (2022). CRC Press decided to have the second edition of this book published to incorporate all recent findings.
  • M. Shahinpoor, “Fundamentals of Smart Materials”, Royal Society of Chemistry Publishers, Dr. Robin Driscoll, MRSC, Commissioning EditorThomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK (2020). This is the first textbook on Fundamental of Smart Materials with a solutions manual.
  • Bloom, S.E. Tabatabaie, M. Shahinpoor and B. Hejrati, “Multimodal Sensing Capabilities of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites”, Journal of Smart Materials, (accepted for publication in 2020)
  • S. E. Tabatabaie and M. Shahinpoor, “Artificial Soft Robotic Elephant Trunk made with Ionic Polymer-Metal Nanocomposites (IPMCs)”, International Robotics and Automation Journal, volume 5, Number 4, pp:138‒142, (2019)
  • Noonan, C., Tajvidi, M., Tayeb, A., Shahinpoor, M., Tabatabaie, E., “Structure-Property Relationships in Hybrid Cellulose Nanofibrils/Nafion-Based Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites”, Materials J., MDPI, Postfach, CH – 4020 Basel, Switzerland, vol. 12, No. 4, pp: 23-28, (2019)
  •  S.E. Tabatabaie and M. Shahinpoor, “Novel Configurations of Slit Tubular Soft Robotic Actuators and Sensors made with Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMCs)“, Robotics and Automation Engineering Journal, RAEJ-RW-18-613,  Volume 3 Issue 4, pp: 1-10,- Jul (2018)
  • S.E. Tabatabaie and M. Shahinpoor, “Soft Biomimetic Robotic Looped Haptic Feedback Sensors“, Journal of Robotic Engineering & Automation Technology, Volume 2018; Issue 01, pp: 1-12, (2018)
  • R. Glaser, V. Caccese, M. Shahinpoor, “Comparative finite element and experimental analysis of quasi-static inflation of a thin deployable membrane space structure “, Journal of Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, vol. 138, pp. 48-65, (2018)
  • M. Shahinpoor and D. Soltanpour, “Double Accommodating Intraocular Accordion Lens”, US Patent Office, Patent Application Serial No. 14/854,323, awarded May 5th., (2017), US Patent Number 9,681945, (2017)
  • D. Armstrong, B. Najafi and M. Shahinpoor, “Potential Applications of Smart Multi-Functional Wearable Materials to Gerontology”, Gerontology Journal, Manuscript No.: 201606007, Published online: January 12, 2017, Published in print, vol.63, pp. 287-298, April (2017)
  • M. Alahbakhshi, A. Fallahi, E. Mohajerani, M. R. Fathollahi, F. Afshar Taromi, M. Shahinpoor, “High-performance Bi-stage process in reduction of graphene oxide for transparent conductive electrodes”, Journal of Optical Materials, vol.64 (2017), pp: 366-375, (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”, International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications, DOI 10.1007/s41315-017-0013-y, Special Issue on Soft Robotics, 22 March (2017)
  • 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)
  • 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