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Chris B. Rogers
Co-director, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research

Robotics, Musical Instrument Design, Wafer Manufacturing, Engineering Education

Chris's research falls into a few areas: (1) fluid turbulence measurement and modeling, (2) chemical mechanical planarization, (3) musical instrument manufacturing, (4) robotics (low cost, intelligent systems), and (5) learning engineering. His graduate students study everything from how engineering helps elementary school children learn science to developing a universal API for robotics to measuring the surface vibrations on a violin.

He also directs the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts (www.ceeo.tufts.edu), one of the few places in the country that combine doctoral research in engineering education with doctoral work in product development and classroom support. At the Center, students have studied how engineering helps first graders plan, 4th graders learn science, middle school students learn math, high school students learn physics, and how to improve college level engineering education through service learning. Students have developed robotic software products sold by LEGO and National Instruments (ROBOLAB and LabVIEW Education Edition - www.legoengineering.com). They have developed stop action movie software called SAM (www.samanimation.com), now being sold in the US, UK, Japan, and Australia and highlighted in a recent Klutz book. They have worked with teachers around the world (from Saudi Arabia to Tasmania, Australia) to find more effective teaching tools and strategies for all types of learners. They have worked with local teachers through the Tufts STOMProgram (www.stompnetwork.org), and they have developed the tools for a social network around science and engineering investigation called RoboBooks. Finally, the have worked with numerous companies (including Google and Foster Miller) to help change local classrooms so that students are given problems without a right answer, where they have to work in teams, where they must validate their own fundings, and where they can innovate and create.

As the head of the Tufts BotLAB, he helps students develop new types of robots, from quad-copters, to low cost robot kits, to a robotic bird wing or underwater manta ray. These projects span both graduate and undergraduate work, with some ending in a product (Intelligent Control - sold by LEGO) or a protocol (the Universal Robotics API project).