Shad Roundy portrait
  • Associate Chair, Mechanical Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University

Research Summary

My lab’s research is broadly focused on micro-sensors (i.e. MEMS) and energy harvesting (i.e. methods for wireless sensors to harvest their own energy making them battery-free). Our energy harvesting work includes methods of wireless power transfer, especially for biomedical implants. Our sensing work is currently focused inertial sensing (i.e. accelerometers and gyroscopes) applied to biomedical applications and soil sensing for agricultural applications.


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 researchers energy harvesting, wireless power transfer, and micro-sensors.

Dr. Roundy has published or edited two books on energy harvesting and his journal on articles vibration energy harvesting remain some of the seminal works on the topic. He is currently 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).