Bioengineering; Rehabilitation Science and Technology
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"I have focused my entire professional work toward improving the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and the people who assist them. Much of my work has been focused on providing mobility, but I have also made excursions into accessibility and assistive technology policy. My first line of research was related to manual wheelchairs: their design, usage, and optimization. Over the past decade, I have focused more of my work on electric-powered mobility. This has led to notable contributions to the PAPAW, IBOT, and other robotic mobility devices.
I have worked with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon from nearly my first day in Pittsburgh, as our common research interests formed natural collaborations. I am most excited by the continuum of basic engineering research through translation to clinical/community integration make working on QoLT stimulating and rewarding in Pittsburgh."