Lei Shi



Professor Shi earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2021, following the completion of his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016.

Before joining KSU, he held the position of Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia University, collaborating closely with Dr. Vijay Vedula. As the Director of the CarVGasAI Lab (CardioVascular Gastrointestinal Biomechanics AI Laboratory), Professor Shi leads research efforts at the intersection of experimental, computational, and machine-learning technologies, with a primary focus on soft tissue investigations. His work encompasses various areas, including cardiovascular, reproductive, and gastrointestinal systems, as well as soft robotics. He is one of the main contributor to the open-source FEA software - svFSI (https://github.com/SimVascular/svFSI) and several other projects (Github).  

In addition to his research responsibilities, Professor Shi actively contributes to the scientific community by serving as a peer reviewer for esteemed journals such as Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Acta Biomaterialia, and Journal of Biomechanics. 


2021: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University 

2016: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis      

Professional Affilliation 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers 

American Heart Association 

Honnors and Award 

USNCCM17 Travel Award 2023 

Email: lshi@kennesaw.edu 
Office: Q-225