Kenji Shimada is the Theodore Ahrens Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research and teaching interests are in computer modeling and simulation for product design, analysis, and manufacturing. His research work has focused on geometric computing, emphasizing how to generate, represent, and manipulate geometric information.

Shimada’s recent projects include: physically-based mesh generation; non-manifold geometric modeling; automated shape synthesis using physically-based models; feature-based, dimension-driven surface and solid modeling; collision detection between moving objects; robot motion teaching using interactive computer graphics; and realistic image synthesis using radiosity calculation.

One of Shimada’s current research projects is the closer integration of design and analysis, e.g., automatic conversion of a CAD model to an analysis model, and advanced issues in mesh generation, such as a mesh conversion, anisotropic meshing, adaptive remeshing, and feature-based meshing.

A high-quality mesh is essential in many computer application areas such as FEM and BEM analysis, geometric modeling, and computer graphics. Shimada has developed a new physically-based meshing method, called Bubble Mesh, inspired by observations of efficient packing patterns in nature. The method has been applied in industry in the areas of automobile crash simulation, sheet metal forming simulation, and computer graphics.

Another research project covers new geometric design methodologies such as energy minimizing surface modeling and non-manifold geometric modeling.

These research targets address industry’s immediate and long-term needs for increased design efficiency, higher product quality, and manufacturing cost reduction.

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1993 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (with Business Minor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1985 MS, Precision Machinery Engineering, University of Tokyo

1983 BS, Precision Machinery Engineering, University of Tokyo

Media mentions

Mechanical Engineering

At home with research

Despite the coronavirus shutdown, researchers and students were creative about continuing their work and joining the fight against COVID-19.

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Installing windows with help from robots

Kenji Shimada is working on a collaboration with YKK AP to create high-tech window installation robots.

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Molding masks against coronavirus

Kenji Shimada and Erica Martelly team up for the America Makes Fit to Face Challenge, creating one of the top two designs in the competition.

San Francisco Chronicle

Shimada quoted on robots

MechE’s Kenji Shimada was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about robots.

America Makes

Carnegie Mellon team wins top design

MechE’s Kenji Shimada and Erica Martelly’s face mask design, Moldable Masks, were named a top design in America Makes’ “Fit to Face Challenge.”

Mechanical Engineering

Making innovation count

Undergraduate research support empowers Miguel Martinez to engineer surgical training solutions.

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3D Printing Media Network covers NASA funding in Next Manufacturing Center

3D Printing Media Network covered the recent news that CMU has been selected by NASA to lead a research team dedicated to examining new ways to build and power aircraft of the future, through NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.

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NASA invests in 3D printing for aviation

CMU has been selected by NASA to lead a research team dedicated to examining new ways to build and power aircraft of the future, through NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.

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Using drones in agriculture and irrigation

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kenji Shimada and his team of researchers are using drone technology to help detect and restore damaged water canals in Japan that are critical for the agricultural economy.

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Shimada runs engineering workshop for rising 10th and 11th graders

During the week of June 12 - 16, MechE’s Kenji Shimada will lead an engineering workshop for rising 10th and 11th graders. The workshop will focus on mechanical engineering, specifically design and manufacturing.

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3-D printing better medical training

CMU team uses 3-D printing to create a hands-on training tool for surgeons.