Carnegie Mellon University

Sheng Shen

Sheng Shen

Courtesy Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • 410 Scaife Hall
  • 412-268-3393
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Sheng Shen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with a background in nanoscale engineering, thermal science, photonics, and materials science. Shen’s research interests include nanoscale thermal transport and energy conversion phenomena, and their applications in solar or thermal energy conversion, thermal management, and multifunctional materials.

The energy transport properties of nanostructures can differ greatly from their bulk counterparts because the characteristic dimensions of nanostructures are often comparable with the wavelength or the mean free path of energy carriers such as photons, phonons, and electrons. At the nanoscale, the properties of materials can be engineered to increase the energy density or energy conversion efficiencies. In his recent research, Shen demonstrated nanoscale thermal radiation exceeding Planck’s law by three orders of magnitude and thermal conductivity of polymer nanofibers three hundred times higher than that of bulk polymers.

Shen is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2013) and DARPA Young Faculty Award (2013). He also received the Philomathia Foundation Research Fellowship in Alternative Energy Research from UC-Berkeley (2010), Hewlett-Packard Best Paper Award from ASME Heat Transfer Division (2008), and Best Paper Award from Julius Springer Forum on Applied Physics (2008).


Postdoc., 2011
Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., 2010
Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Electrical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MS, 2003
Engineering Thermophysics
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

BS, 2000
Power Engineering
Huazhong University of Science and Technology


  • advanced manufacturing
  • energy
  • machine learning
  • materials for energy efficiency
  • micro/nanoengineering
  • renewable energy
  • transport phenomena