Kenji Shimada

Kenji Shimada

Theodore Ahrens Professor in Engineering


Dr. Kenji Shimada is Theodore Ahrens Professor in Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering (courtesy appointment), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (courtesy appointment), and the Robotics Institute (courtesy appointment). Dr. Shimada received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tokyo, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are in the areas of geometric modeling, computational geometry, computer graphics, factory robotics, computer assisted surgery, and human body simulation. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in 1996, he was Manager of Graphics Applications at IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory. At IBM Research Dr. Shimada initiated and led various research and consultation projects with IBM customers and the Japanese government, as well as with the company’s internal product development and manufacturing groups. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Shimada has explored a new physically based approach to key geometric problems in engineering and medical applications, such as finite element mesh generation, interactive curve and surface design, three-dimensional shape reconstruction, robotic path generation, and surgical planning. His physically based mesh generation method, BubbleMesh®, has been licensed to and used by over 50 companies in manufacturing industries. A member of ACM, ASME, IEEE Computer Society, JSIAM, and SAE, Dr. Shimada is the recipient of a number of awards, including APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer in 2013, Outstanding Research Award from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 2013, IMR Fellow Award in 2011, the Best Author Award from the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2006, ASME Design Automation Best Paper Award in 2004, IPSJ Best Paper Award in 2002, NSF CAREER Award in 2000, Honda Initiation Grant Award in 1998, George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1998, IPSJ Yamashita SIG Research Award in 1994, and Nicograph Best Paper Award in 1994. Shimada currently serves on the editorial board of four international journals and has served as Chairman of many academic conferences and committees, including Geometric Modeling and Processing in 2006, ASME Design Automation Conference in 2004, Symposium on Unstructured Mesh Generation in 2001, and International Meshing Roundtable in 1999. He is the author or co-author of over 130 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and the inventor or co-inventor of over 20 patents in the US, Japan, and Europe.