Shane Ross, Ph.D.

  • Engineering Mechanics Graduate Chair
Genderless Silhouette
333-P Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Dynamics and control
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Solid mechanics

Research Interests

The Ross Dynamics Lab at Virginia Tech specializes in applications of nonlinear dynamics, performing mathematical modeling, simulation, visualization, and experiments with applications in several different fields, including:

  • Patterns of dispersal in oceanic and atmospheric flows
  • Passive and active aerodynamic gliding
  • Dynamic buckling of flexible structures
  • Transport across the air-water interface
  • Orbital mechanics
  • Chemical physics
  • Causality analysis in complex natural and artificial systems


  • University of Southern California: NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004-2006
  • California Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Control and Dynamical Systems, 2004 
  • California Institute of Technology: B.S., Physics, 1998 

Award, Honors, and Service

  • 2017 Excellence in Research Award, Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award 
  • 2017 Leader in Research Award, Virginia Tech Dept. of Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics 
  • 2012 Liviu Librescu Prize, Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics 
  • 2012 Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award 
  • 2012 Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech College of Engineering 
  • 2012 NSF CAREER Award 
  • 2011 Plenary Speaker on Computational Methods in Dynamics at Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy 
  • 2011 Keynote Speaker at Lorentz Centre Workshop on Coherent Structure and Dynamical Systems, Leiden, The Netherlands 
  • 2010 Outstanding New Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award 
  • 2009 Invited Speaker at British Science Festival 
  • 2008 Invited Speaker at Zurich Physics Colloquium 
  • 2004 Everhart Lecture Series Award Winner 
  • 2003 NASA Space Act Award 
  • 2002 NASA Innovation Award 
  • 2001 Best Paper Award by AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 
  • 1998 NASA Innovation Award

Recent Publications

J. Zhong, L.N. Virgin, S.D. Ross [2018] A tube dynamics perspective governing stability transitions: An example based on snap-through buckling, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, in press. doi:10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2017.10.040

F. Jafari, S. Tahmasian, S.D. Ross, J.J. Socha [2017] Control of gliding in a flying snake-inspired n-chain model, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 12, 066002.

K. Onozaki, H. Yoshimura, S.D. Ross [2017] Tube dynamics and low energy Earth-Moon transfer in the 4-body system, Advances in Space Research 60, 2117-2132.

S. Naik, F. Lekien, S.D. Ross [2017] Computational Method for Phase Space Transport with Applications to Lobe Dynamics and Rate of Escape, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics 22(3), 272-297.

I.J. Yeaton, J.J. Socha, S.D. Ross [2017] Global dynamics of non-equilibrium gliding in animals, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 12, 026013.

D.G. Schmale, S.D. Ross [2017] High-flying microbes: Aerial drones and chaos theory help researchers explore the many ways that microorganisms spread havoc around the world, Scientific American 316, 40-45, February 2017.

S. Naik, S.D. Ross [2017] Geometry of escaping dynamics in nonlinear ship motion, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 47, 48-70.

R.F. David, A.E. BozorgMagham, D.G. Schmale, S.D. Ross, L.C. Marr [2016] Identification of meteorological predictors of Fusarium graminearum ascospore release using correlation and causality analyses, European Journal of Plant Pathology 145, 483-492.

P.C. Fino, A.R. Mojdehi, K. Adjerid, M. Habibi, T.E. Lockhart, S.D. Ross [2016] Comparing postural stability entropy analyses to differentiate fallers and non-fallers, Annals of Biomedical Engineering 44, 1636-1645.