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Chris Rogers

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Adjunct Professor, Department of Education

Chris Rogers

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Adjunct Professor, Department of Education

Phone 617-627-3239
Robinson Hall, Room 153
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
robotics, musical instrument design, engineering education

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.

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1985
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1984
Professional Experience: 

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.

Research Interests: 

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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2014: Elected Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2010: Co-Recipient, Harry C. Bigglestone Award in Fire Research, National Fire Protection Association
2008: Teaching Excellence Award, ASME Tufts Chapter
2004: Mentor, Bernstein Faculty Fellows Program, Tufts University
2004: Best Section Paper, International Conference on Computing (CCCT)
2003: NSF Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award
2002: Fulbright Scholar
2002: Kenan Professorship of Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University
2002: LabVIEW Programming Prize, NIWeek
2000: Best Paper in Computers in Education, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference
2000: Robert Knapp Award for Best Paper, ASME Conference
1998: Professor of the Year for Massachusetts, Carnegie Foundation
1998: Outstanding Educational Software Prize, National Instruments
1994: Teetor Award for Excellence in Education, SAE
Selected Professional Activities: 
Overseer, Boston Museum of Science
Coordinator, LEGO Engineering Conferences
Member, Concord Consortium Board