ME Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

The ME department is pleased to welcome Rohini Bala Chandran, Elliot 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 at the University of California, Irvine. 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 authored more than 15 peer-reviewed articles on solar reactors, heat exchangers, radiative transport and reaction kinetics.

Elliot RouseElliot 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) and Postdoctoral Fellow the Massachusetts Institue of Technology. 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, as well as 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.

Shorter has co-authored more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in a wide range of publications.