He was second in charge of the science team after Doctor Kelly. He spent most of his time in the Colony's research compound, developing new machines for mining on the Colony and Earth.
When the Virus broke out across the Colony in 2010, Doctor Shaw took charge of the research team and made them remain the the compound for their own satety, and to wait for help. Many did not listen to him and tryed to leave. Becoming power hungry, Doctor Shaw shot dead two scientists who refused to listen to his orders.