Michael Shafer, PhD
Education Accordion Closed
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2013
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2012
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, 2006
About Accordion Closed
Dr. Michael W. Shafer is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University. His research interests are related to energy harvesting, wildlife telemetry systems, and unmanned aerial systems. He joined NAU in 2013 after receiving his Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University. At Cornell, he focused on vibrational energy harvesting via piezoelectric transduction. He investigated ideal design methods, power harvesting limits, and applications of the technology to avian wildlife tracking and bio-logging. Prior to his time at Cornell, Michael worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2006 to 2009. There he helped develop the sky crane system used to land the Mars Science Laboratory Rover (Curiosity) in 2012. Michael graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University in 2006.