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K Alex Shorter, PhD

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kenneth Alex Shorter researches how mechanics can monitor and improve the health and mobility of patients. An associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at U-M, Shorter conducts research in human movement biomechanics, assistive device design, bio-logging/comparative biomechanics, and soft tissue mechanics. 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, and was an assistant research scientist and research investigator for the University of Michigan’s Mechanical Engineering department. He has coauthored a strong record of peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in a wide range of publications.


Understanding Cardiac Health through Innovative Wearable Sensing

Research Area(s)

Biomechanics | Other | Sensors and Wearables


  • Principal investigator of: CAREER: Towards the creation of a dynamic modeling framework to generate new knowledge about swimming biological systems
  • Consultant on: IIBR Instrumentation: Advancing organismal biology through the development of novel bio-loggers to measure behavior, cardiac & neural rhythms in free-living animals
  • Co-investigator of: Survey & physiologic self-administered tools to develop & validate diagnostic prioritization for common causes of dizziness.