Shin-Min (Simon) Song

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Tel: 815-753-9970


M.S. (1981), Ph.D. (1984) in Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University

Research Interests

Robotics; Micro-Assembly; Automation; Walking Machines, Gait Study, Diamond Coating Applications; CMP Modeling; Fuel Cell; Solar Energy; Alternate Energy.

Work Experience

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIU (2001-present)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (1984-2001)
  • Manufacturing Engineer, Group Leader, R&D Associate Manager, Tatung Company, Taipei (1975-1979).

Professional Associations and Honors

  • ASME Fellow (elected in 1999)
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987-1992)
  • Best Paper Award on Robotics, 8th Applied Mechanisms Conference (1983)
  • Tatung Company R&D Awards, 4 times, (1975-79)
  • Tatung Company Scholarship (1972)

Selected Publications

  • Song, S.M. and Waldron, K.J., Machines that Walk: The Adaptive Suspension Vehicle, MIT Press, 1989.
  • Zhang, C. and Song, S.M., "Forward Position Analysis of Nearly General Stewart Platforms," ASME Trans., J. of Mechanical Design, Vol.116, No.1, March 1994, pp.61-66.
  • Chou, L.S., Song, S.M. and Draganich, L.F.,"Predicting the Kinematics and Kinetics of Gait using Based on the Optimum Trajectory of the Swing Limb," J. of Biomechanics, Vol.28, No.4, 1995, pp.377-385.
  • Lin, B.S. and Song, S.M., “Dynamic Modeling, Stability and Energy Efficiency of a Quadrupedal Walking Machine,” J. of Robotic Systems, Vol. 18, No. 11, pp.657-670, 2001.
  • Lin, J.N. and Song, S.M., “Modeling Gait Transitions of Quadruped and Their Generalization with CMAC Neural Networks,” IEEE Transactions, Journal of System, Man and Cybernetics Part C: Applications and Reviews, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp.177-189, August 2002.
  • Song, S.M., Sung, James, Pai, Y-L., Tsai, M-Y., “The Fractor Analysis of CMP Pad Roughness,” 2004 VMIC, Hawaii, 2004.

Research Projects

More than 50 research projects funded by various federal, state and industry agents including National Science Foundation, VA, Kinik Company, Motorola, Crane Plumbing, Hu-Friedy, UI Manufacturing Research Center, UIC Manufacturing Technology Center. The total funding is about $2M. Recent projects include micro-assembly, diamond film for photo-electricity, sun trackers, energy efficient crutch design, CMP modeling, walking machines, gait study, deaerator analysis, ethanol still system.

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