Carnegie Mellon University

Kenji Shimada

Dr. Kenji Shimada

Theodore Ahrens Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

314 Scaife Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • B.S., Precision Machinery Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 1983
  • M.S., Precision Machinery Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 1985
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (with Business Minor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993


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. 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. Dr. Shimada 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.


Dr. Shimada’s research interests are in the areas of geometric modeling, computational geometry, computer graphics, factory robotics, computer assisted surgery, and human body simulation. 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. 

Research Interests: medical robotics; computer-assisted surgery; human body modeling and simulation


Awards and Recognition

  • APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer,2013

  • Outstanding Research Award (The Carnegie Institute of Technology),2013

  • IMR Fellow Award, International Meshing Roundtable, 2011

  • IDEA Studio Award, Autodesk Inc., 2011


  • Best Poster Award, the 19th International Meshing Roundtable (with J. Lu, R. Quadros, and I-H. Song ), 2010

  • Finalist, Best Paper in Automation Award, IEEE 2009 International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (with F. Hammond), 2009

  • Best Poster Award, the 18th International Meshing Roundtable (with M. L. Staten), 2009

  • Theodore Ahrens Professorship in Engineering, 2007