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ME Welcomes New Faculty Members


The ME Department is pleased to welcome Rohini Bala Chandran, Elliott Rouse and Alex Shorter, who are joining the faculty as assistant professors.

Rohini Bala ChandranRohini Bala Chandran

Bala Chandran earned her PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Her research endeavors have focused on solar fuels and will advance interdisciplinary research at the nexus of mechanical, chemical and materials science and engineering to overcome critical technological challenges for solar energy conversion, storage and water treatment. Bala Chandran has developed a strong publication record on solar reactors, heat exchangers, radiative transport and reaction kinetics.


Elliot RouseElliott Rouse

Rouse earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and has worked as an assistant professor in the colleges of Medicine and Engineering at Northwestern and as a faculty research scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the RIC). His current research aims to discover the fundamental science that underlies human joint dynamics during locomotion, and incorporate these discoveries in a new class of wearable robotic technologies. Rouse’s research has been featured on TED, the Discovery Channel, CNN, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine UK and Business Insider.


Alex ShorterAlex Shorter

Shorter earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked as a research engineer and postdoctoral investigator for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and was an assistant research scientist and research investigator for the University of Michigan’s Mechanical Engineering department. Shorter conducts research in human movement biomechanics, assistive device design, bio-logging/comparative biomechanics and soft tissue mechanics. He has also coauthored a strong record of peer reviewed articles that have appeared in a wide range of publications.


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