Prof. Shashank Priya is currently a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a past chair of the Electronics Division of The American Ceramic Society and a member of The American Ceramic Society’s Energy Task Force. Dr. Priya was an Associate Editor for The Journal of the American Ceramic Society from 2010 – 2012.

He acted as lead organizer of the symposium “Materials and Devices for Energy Harvesting, Generation and Storage Systems” at MS&T’06 (combined annual meeting of five societies including The American Ceramic Society). He was lead organizer of the symposium “Ferroelectric and Multiferroic Materials”, at MS&T07, and future MS&T meetings (MS&T’08, MS&T’09, MS&T’10, MS&T’11, MS&T’12). Dr. Priya was lead organizer of the symposium on “Advanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric, Ferroelectric, and Multiferroic Materials” at the 33rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, 2009. He was Co-Organizer, symposium on “Advanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric and Ferroic Materials, and Emerging Fields in Electronics, and lead organizer of the symposium on Energy Harvesting and Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring” at the Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) 2010 and continued to be co-organizer at EMA 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 meetings. He was Session Co-Organizer, “Functional and Multifunctional Electroceramics for Energy Storage, Conversion, and Harvesting, Detectors, Sensors, Frequency Agile Components, Packaging, Interconnects and Other Commercial Opportunities” for the Electronic Materials and Applications meeting in 2013.

In 2019, he was Lead Organizer, of the 3rd Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting (Organized by ACerS) He also served on the organizing committee, Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2020 (MCARE 2020) combined with the 4th Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting (EHS 2020).

 His research is focused in the areas related to multifunctional materials, energy harvesting and bio-inspired systems. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed high impact journal papers / books chapters and more than 60 conference proceedings covering these topics. Additionally, he has published ten US patents and ten edited books. He is the founder and chair of the Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting (previously Energy Harvesting Workshop), which is organized through ACerS.  He is also serving as the member of the Honorary Chair Committee for the International Workshop on Piezoelectric Materials and Applications (IWPMA). He is fellow of The American Ceramic Society.

Dr. Priya is currently leading programs in the area of energy harvesting and bio-inspired materials and devices. Within energy harvesting we are inventing new mechanisms to convert light, heat, magnetic fields, and vibrations into electricity. Within bio-inspired materials and devices, we are designing future manufacturing approaches based upon natural processes utilized by plants and animals and novel robots that mimic insects and fishes.