Teaching

Courses taught by Dr. Shan at UNR:

 
ME422/622: Introduction to Robotics   (Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Lectures focus on critical aspects of robotics analysis and design, with emphasis on the kinematics, statics and dynamics of robotic manipulators. Artificial intelligence including computer vision and machine learning is also briefly introduced. Underlying mathematical tools especially matrix manipulation are covered upfront and used throughout the whole class. Cutting edge research topics such as soft robotics are introduced through a lecture-opening video section which typically takes the first five to ten minutes of the lectures.

ME720: Continuum Mechanics (Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)

Lectures focus on fundamental tensor analysis first, then elaborate on displacement, deformation, conservations laws and constitutive equations in the continuum mechanics framework. Basics of solid mechanics and fluid mechanics will also be touched on towards the end of the course. A literature survey presentation required by each student at the end of the course showcases the many applications of the materials covered in this class.

ME791: Special Topics — Facture Mechanics (Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Lectures focus on linear elastic fracture mechanics (Spring 2016) and nonlinear fracture mechanics (Fall 2016).