Wanliang Shan

Assistant Professor

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


  • Ph.D. Princeton University
  • B.E. University of Science and Technology of China

Research interests:

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Thermophysics
  • Machine Learning
  • Soft Robotics

Lab/Center Affiliation:

  • Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

Current Research:

Shan Research Group (SRG) currently focuses on interdisciplinary research in Smart, Hybrid, Active and Nature-inspired Materials, Mechanics, and Machines (SHAN 3M). Fundamental insights from solid mechanics, materials engineering, thermal science, and machine learning are emphasized for the design and fabrication of soft multifunctional materials and high-performance robotic mechanisms, which impact critical application domains such as soft robotics, biomedical devices, and wearable devices. The ultimate goal of SRG’s research is to improve human-machine-environment interactions.

Teaching Interests:

  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Soft Robotics
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Fracture Mechanics

Select Publications:

Sharifi, C. Rux, N. Sparling, G. Wan, A. Mohammadi Nasab, A. Siddaiah, P. Menezes, T. Zhang, W.L. Shan*, Dynamically Tunable Friction via Subsurface Stiffness Modulation, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2021.

Mohammadi Nasab, S. Sharifi, S. Chen, W.L. Shan*, Robust three-component elastomer-particle-fiber composites with tunable properties for soft robotics, Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2000166, 2020.

Mohammadi Nasab, A. Luo, S. Sharifi, K.T. Turner*, W.L. Shan*, Soft Gripping Device Based on Pneumatics-Modulated Tunable Dry Adhesion, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2020.

Luo◦ , A. Mohammadi Nasab◦ , M. Tatari, S. Chen, W.L. Shan*, K.T. Turner*. Adhesion of flat-ended pillars with non-circular contacts, Soft Matter, 2020. Link

Huang, K. Kumar, M.K. Jawed, A. Mohammadi Nasab, Z. Ye, W.L. Shan, C. Majidi*, Highly Dynamic Shape Memory Alloy Actuator for Fast Moving Soft Robots, Advanced Materials Technologies, 1800540, 2019.

Wang, N. Hu, S. Huang, A. Mohammadi Nasab, K. Yang, M.C. Abate, X. Yu, L. Tan, W.L. Shan, Z. Chen*, Buckling and Post-buckling of an Elastic Rod Embedded in a Bilayer Matrix, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 25:1-6, 2018.

Huang, K. Kumar, M.K. Jawed, A. Mohammadi Nasab, Z. Ye, W.L. Shan, C. Majidi*, Chasing biomimetic locomotion speeds: Creating untethered soft robots with shape memory alloy actuators, Science Robotics, 3, eaau7557, 2018.

Tatari, A. Mohammadi Nasab, K.T. Turner*, W.L. Shan*, Dynamically Tunable Dry Adhesion via Sub-Surface Stiffness Modulation, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 5:1800321, 2018.

Mohammadi Nasab, D. Wang, Z. Chen, W.L. Shan*, Buckling Shape Transition of an Embedded Thin Elastic Rod after Failure of Surrounding Elastic Medium, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 15:51-56, 2017.

Mohammadi Nasab◦ , A. Sabzehzar◦ , M. Tatari, C. Majidi, W.L. Shan*, A Soft Gripper with Rigidity Tunable Elastomer Strips as Ligaments, Soft Robotics, 2017.

Tutcuoglu, C. Majidi*, W.L. Shan*, Nonlinear Thermal Parameter Estimation for Embedded Internal Joule Heaters, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 97:12-421, 2016.

Sabzehzar*, W.L. Shan, M. Shariat Panahi, O. Saremi, An Improved Extended Classifier System for the Real-Input Real-Output (XCSRR) Stability Control of a Biped Robot, Procedia Computer Science, 61:492- 499, 2015.

W.L. Shan◦ , S. Diller◦ , A. Tutcuoglu, C. Majidi*, Rigidity-tuning Conductive Elastomer, Smart Materials and Structures, 24(6):065001, 2015.