Albert Shih


Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Integrative Systems + Design, Geriatric Center and Institute of Gerontology

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Office Phone: (734) 647-1766, Email:

Office: 3001E EECS

Mailing Address: Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

Professor Shih’s research and education focus is in manufacturing. His career goal is to apply the science and technology in manufacturing to transform the quality-of-life in aging society.

After receiving his PhD from Purdue University in 1991, Dr. Shih was the manufacturing R&D engineer at Cummins Inc. at Columbus, Indiana for 7 years. From 1998 to 2002, he was Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University. In 2003, Dr. Shih joined the Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan.

Examples of his research include:

1. 3D-Printing of Custom Orthoses and Prostheses: Together with the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center (UMOPC), a cyber design and additive manufacturing service system for ankle foot orthoses and prosthetic socket is advancing to demonstrate the one-day visit concept - to complete the diagnosis, design, fabrication, and evaluation of the custom orthoses and prostheses within the same day of visit. Sponsors: America Makes, NSF, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (BCBSMF). Partnered: Stratasys, Altair, and Standard Cyborg. Videos: 3D-Printed Orthotics. UM Manufacturing Seminar: Smart Manufacturing of Custom Assistive Devices

2. Soft, Flexible Assistive Devices and Robotics: The extrusion-based 3D-printing of silicone have been developed for soft orthoses and prostheses, pneumatic actuators, sensors, foam, and other applications for wearable assistive devices. Sponsors: Dow and NSF.

3. Clinical Simulators and Tissue-Mimicking Materials: A library of de-identified CT/MRI images have been collected to find the geometry for 3D-printing or molding of anatomically accurate clinical simulators. Soft tissue-mimicking mat PVC, silicone and gellan gum materials have been studied to design the composition for targeted mechanical (hardness, needle insertion), thermal, optical, ultrasound and x-ray imaging properties for simulators. Sponsors: BCBSMF, AHRQ, Neurosurgery.

4. Drilling: Metal and bone drilling processes, particularly on temperatures in drill and workpiece. Sponsors: NSF, Ford, Orthopedic Surgery.

5. Grinding: Abrasive machining in biomedical and industrial applications.

* Atherectomy - Diamond grinding to removal calcified plaque in artery. Sponsor: NSF.

* Skull base bone grinding - Endoscopic endonasal approach to the skull base in brain surgery. Sponsor: UM Neurosurgery.

* Ceramic grinding - Precision grinding of engineering ceramics for diesel fuel systems Sponsor: Cummins, NSF.

* Grinding thermal model and experimental measurements. Sponsor: NSF, GM.

6. Medical Devices: We work with clinicians to jointly invent new medical devices for patient care.

* Needle and microwire electrode - Needle and microwire electrode (e.g. Pt-Ir wire, carbon fiber, etc.) insertion to soft tissue tissue. Cutting edge geometry and device design and modeling. Sponsor: NSF, NIH

* Clot removal - Novel interventional neurosurgery devices for cutting and removal clots in the brain artery. Sponsor: Coulter.

* Ultrasound devices and diagnosis. Sponsor: VA.

Professor Shih works closely with collaborators in the Medical School and Institute of Social Research with a common goal to transform the quality-of-life in our aging society. He is an active leader in biomedical manufacturing research - the application of science and technology in manufacturing to advance the safety, quality and cost of healthcare services.

Honors and Awards:

2018, SME Frederick Taylor Research Medal

2017, ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award

2016, ASME Swanson Fellowship

2014, ASME Milton Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal

2014, Best Paper Award, International Conference of Manufacturing Technology Engineers (ICMTE 2014) Jeju, Korea

2013, Best Paper Award Finalist, 2013 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC2013, Madison, Wisconsin

2012, Best Paper Award, 2012 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC2012, South Bend, Indiana

2012, Best Paper Award, The 10th International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing, ICFDM’2012, Chongqian, China

2011, Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Student Council, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

2011, George Huebner Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

2010, NASA Technical Briefs - Create the Future Design Contest, 1st Place in Automotive Category

2010, Best Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering: ICEME 2010

2010, Second Place in Outstanding Paper Award, 2010 NAMRI/SME

2010, Rackham Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan

2009, SME Fellow

2009, Fulbright Scholar

2007, ASME Fellow

2007, Outstanding Paper Award in NAMRI/SME

2006, Gilbert Whitaker Teaching Grant

2004, Best Paper Award, The 6th International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing and the 6th S.M. Wu Symposium on Manufacturing Science, Xi’an, China

2004, SAE Ralph Teetor Education Award

2000, NSF CAREER Award