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Steven R. Shaw

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Phone: 406-994-5982


Steven Shaw

Steven R. Shaw received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. He also holds S.B., M.Eng. and E.E. degrees from MIT. Dr. Shaw joined the electrical engineering department at Montana State University in August 2000 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2006. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi. In 2006 Dr. Shaw received an NSF CAREER award for work related to fuel cell degradation and control. Other honors include 2003 recognition for fuel cell work by the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and selection to Technology Review magazine's TR100 class of 2002. Dr. Shaw's generic interests include system identification, modeling, controls and instrumentation. He is working on controls for fuel cell systems that can enhance performance, efficiency and possibly mitigate degradation and materials challenges.

Project Summary

In general my research interests involve applications of control that can significantly enhance the efficiency, reliability or other critical performance measures of a system. There are numerous opportunities of this kind in the fuel cell area. My group is presently investigating how intelligent controls that can be used to mitigate the effects of transients on fuel cell stacks, perform in-situ diagnostics of cells and mitigate the degradation of cells under certain electrical loads.

In addition, we have developed a high-performance cell reference simulator that creates the electrical terminals of a stack using a short stack or even a single cell as a reference. This system does not depend on models, but scales the electrical environment for the cell and duplicates the response at power levels.

Web link:


  • Tao Zhu, "Extended Cluster Weighted Modeling Methods for Transient Recognition Control," Ph. D. Thesis, MSU-Bozeman, May, 2006.
  • T. Zhu, S. R. Shaw and S. B. Leeb, "Transient Recognition Control for Hybrid Fuel Cell Systems," IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol 21, No 1, March 2006, pp 195-201.
  • S. Pasricha and S. R. Shaw. "A Dynamic PEM Fuelcell Model," accepted for publication, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
  • S. Pasricha, M. H. Nehrir, M. Keppler and S. R. Shaw. "A Comparison of Static Electrical Terminal Fuel Cell Models," accepted for publication, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.


  • S. R. Shaw "Fuel Cells, Transients, and controls," HITEC Seminar Series, Bozeman, MT. December 7, 2005.
  • S. R. Shaw, "Transient Recognition Control for Fuel Cell Systems," SECA CTP Peer Review Meeting, October, 25, 2005.

Student Presentations

  • Tao Zhu Ph.D. Defense, "Extended Cluster Weighted Modeling for Transient Recognition Control", advisor: Steven R. Shaw
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