Wanliang Shan

Assistant Professor
wanliang shan

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2012
  • M.A., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2008
  • B.E., Thermal Science and Energy Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, 2006


Dr. Shan joined the University of Nevada, Reno in July 2014 after finishing a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Soft Machines Lab at Mechanical Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University. Before that, during his Ph.D. study at Princeton University, he worked as Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Intern Scientist at Cordis Corporation, a Johnson&Johnson Company, and Visiting Scholar at Soft Living Matter Group at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Shan's research falls within the general area of mechanics and materials, with emphasis on small, soft, smart and multifunctional materials, their mechanical/thermal properties and applications in soft robotics, wearable devices and biomedical devices.

Research interests

  • Soft robotics
  • Wearable/biomedical devices
  • Bioinspired smart materials and structures
  • Fatigue and fracture of small structures
  • Materials for energy applications
  • Thermal science


For recent publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.