M. Ravi Shankar

Department Research Coordinator
Website Industrial Engineering


Shankar is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering. Broadly, his research interests are in the areas of mechanics, advanced manufacturing, and metamaterials. Current research efforts in the Shankar Research Group are focused on harnessing actuation from order-disorder transitions in liquid crystal elastomers, exploitation of instabilities to power soft robots and developing advanced manufacturing techniques to integrate active materials in freeform geometries. He was a winner of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ 2010 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineer’s Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award, the Whiteford Faculty Fellowship and currently holds a Swanson Professorship at the University of Pittsburgh.


(2014) Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Hamid K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award.

(2012) Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship.

(2010) Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

(2009) William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh.

PhD, Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 2006

MS, Industrial Engineering, Purdue Univeristy, 2002

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 2000

Gao, J., Clement, A., Tabrizi, M., & Shankar, M.R. (2021). Molecularly Directed, Geometrically Latched, Impulsive Actuation Powers Sub-Gram Scale Motility. ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, 2100979.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/admt.202100979.