Chris Rogers earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, where he worked with Professor John Eaton on his thesis on particle motion in a boundary layer flow. Rogers joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering in 1989. He is involved in a number of research areas, including particle-laden flows (a continuation of his thesis), telerobotics and controls, slurry flows in chemical-mechanical planarization, the engineering of musical instruments, measuring flame shapes of couch fires, measuring fruit-fly locomotion, and engineering education (kindergarten to college). At Tufts, Rogers has exercised his strong commitment to teaching by exploring a number of new directions, including teaching robotics with LEGO bricks and teaching manufacturing by building musical instruments. His teaching work extends to the elementary school level, where he talks with over 1,000 teachers around the world every year on methods of introducing young children to engineering.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
- 2001-present: Professor
- 1996-2001: Associate Professor
- 1989-1996: Assistant Professor
Visiting Professor, ETH Zurich
Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
- 2005-present: Adviser
- 2003-2005: Co-Director
Kenan Professor of Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University
Fulbright Senior Scholar, Lincoln University
Visiting Scientist, Harvard University
Visiting Scientist, McDonnell Douglas Co.
Chris Rogers' research interests focus on fluid turbulence, musical instrument design, and robotics – both educational robots and soft robotics. He also works in pre-college education, particularly in the area of K-12 science, math, and engineering education, in conjunction with the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), to bring engineering into younger grades and excite children about solving problems and learning science and math.