Michael D. Shields

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Research Interests

  • Stochastic Simulation
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Computational Stochastic Mechanics

Dr. Shields received dual bachelors degrees in Physics from Loyola University Chicago and Civil Engineering from Columbia University in 2006. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University in 2010. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Shields worked as an NSF/ASEE Corporate Research Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Engineer in the Applied Science and Investigations group at Weidlinger Associates, Inc. (Now Weidlinger Applied Science at Thornton Tomasetti). Dr. Shields joined the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at JHU in July 2013 where he holds a secondary appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Shields’ research focuses on uncertainty quantification for wide-ranging problems in computational mechanics and computational materials science with the goal of understanding the effects of uncertainties and random variations on the performance of materials and structures.  Dr. Shields is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, US Association for Computational Mechanics, and Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics; serving on committees for each related to uncertainty quantification and probabilistic methods. He is also the recipient of several professional awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

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