Dr. Xiangrong Shen is a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama, where he has been a faculty member since 2008. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and subsequently completed a two-year postdoctoral training in rehabilitation robotics, also at Vanderbilt.
Professor Shen’s research is focused on assistive and rehabilitation robotics, and the specific topics include robotic lower-limb prostheses, portable power-assist lower-limb orthoses, and legged/wheeled robotic platforms for assistive and therapeutic purposes. His research has been supported by multiple NSF and NIH grants, including an NSF CAREER award in 2014.
He served as an associate editor for the journal of Control Engineering Practice from 2008 to 2014, and currently, he is an advisory board member of the Alabama Life Research Institute.