James O'Shea
James J. O'Shea, Ph.D.
Associate
Vehicle Engineering
Warrenville

Dr. O'Shea is proficient in vehicle dynamics analysis, including computational mechanics and the programming and use of computer simulations. He specializes in the investigation and reconstruction of vehicle accidents, including events involving heavy trucks, passenger cars and rail vehicles.

Dr. O'Shea completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where his area of focus was in multibody system dynamics. At UIC, he applied his education, training and experience in dynamic systems to stability analysis and failure prevention of rail cars.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. O'Shea was a researcher at the UIC Dynamic Simulation Laboratory, and also worked at a multibody system software development and consulting firm. His prior work and research involved the design, development, testing, and optimization of physics-based simulation software.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2016
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2011
  • USDOT CUTC NURail Outstanding Student of the Year, 2015

Publications

O’Shea JJ. Use of multibody system techniques in the analysis of railroad vehicle stability and derailment. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2016.

O’Shea JJ, Jayakumar P, Mechergui D, Shabana AA, Wang L. Reference conditions and substructuring techniques in flexible multibody system dynamics. Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, in press.

O’Shea JJ, Shabana AA. Further investigation of wheel climb initiation: Three-point contact. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, 2016; doi: 10.1177/1464419316654402.

O’Shea JJ, Shabana AA. Analytical and numerical investigation of wheel climb at large angle of attack. Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics, 2016; 83(1-2): 555-77.

Shabana AA, Hamper MB, O’Shea JJ. Rolling condition and gyroscopic moments in curve negotiations. Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, 2013; 8(1): 011015.

Presentations

O’Shea JJ. Selection of deformation modes and substructuring techniques in deformable multibody systems. Presented at the Workshop on Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics for Industry (CNDI), Chicago, IL, May 27, 2016.

O’Shea JJ. Wheel Climb at Large angle of attack. Presented at the 2013 UIC Workshop on Multibody System Dynamics, Chicago, IL, August 10, 2013.

O’Shea, JJ. Large angle of attack wheel climb. Presented at the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Portland, OR, August 4-7, 2013.

O’Shea JJ. Large angle of attack wheel climb. Presented at the ASME 2013 Joint Rail Conference, National University Rail Center Session. Knoxville, TN, April 15-18, 2013.

O’Shea JJ. Rolling condition and gyroscopic moments in curve negotiations. Presented at the ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Chicago, IL, August 12-15, 2012.

Prior Experience

Research & Development, Computational Dynamics, Inc., 2014-2016

Research Assistant, Dynamic Simulation Laboratory, 2011-2016

Student Researcher, NASA Student Airborne Research Project, 2011

Corporate Intern, Caterpillar, Inc., 2010

Professional Affiliations

Society of Automotive Engineers, Associate Member—SAE

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2016
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2011
  • USDOT CUTC NURail Outstanding Student of the Year, 2015