Shad Roundy, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah

Friday, Feb. 26th at 2pm


ABSTRACT: In this seminar Dr. Roundy will cover his recent sabbatical during the 2019-2020 academic year and discuss recent progress his research group has made using alternative means for wireless power transfer including collaborations at the University of Freiburg and EPFL where he spent the bulk of his time. Most wireless power transfer (WPT) systems consist of inductively coupled coils. However, such systems do not work well for applications in which the receiver is very small (e.g. biomedical implants) or in difficult to reach places (e.g. inside a metal pipe). Together with collaborators at Freiburg and EPFL, Dr. Roundy’s group has been investigating both ultrasonic power transfer and magnetic power transfer using magnetoelectric receivers. This seminar will cover recent progress on both of these areas and identify some promising research directions.

BIO: Shad Roundy received the MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000 and 2003 respectively. From there he moved to the Australian National University where he was a senior lecturer in the Systems Engineering Department. He spent the next several years working with startup companies LV Sensors and EcoHarvester developing MEMS pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and energy harvesting devices. In 2012, he re-entered academia joining the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Utah where he currently researches energy harvesting, wireless power transfer, and micro-sensors. Dr. Roundy is an associate editor for Smart Materials and Structures and the International Journal for Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology. He is a member of IEEE and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).