Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Dr. David M. Brienza is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Science in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology with additional professorial appointments in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering. He holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. From 1987 to 1991 he worked as a research assistant at the Rehabilitation Engineering Center at the University of Virginia, and in 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is the Director of the Seating and Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory and continues to actively pursue research and development in the areas of wheelchair seat cushions, pressure sore prevention, soft tissue biomechanics, telerehabilitation technology and wheelchair technology.
Dr. Brienza has been working in the field of pressure ulcer prevention and seat cushion design for more than 10 years. His pressure ulcer related research is focused on prevention, soft tissue mechanics, support surface and seat cushion development, and clinical efficacy of support surface and seat cushion interventions. He has made significant contributions in the areas of cushion design and soft tissue biomechanism, including having a major role in the development of custom seating technology now marketed by PinDot by Invacare. He is also involved in the design and development of wheelchair technology and support surface standards development and has been featured in several recent publications due to his research. Currently, he is a consultant for several companies developing seat cushions and actively pursuing further advances in his field.
Dr. Brienza's research and development experience includes Principal Investigator of NIH R01, NIH SBIR and PVA grants, task leader for NIDRR RERC research and development tasks, and project director for other research and development projects. Dr. Brienza is Chairperson of the RESNA special interest group on seating and mobility, which includes more than 500 members, and is the RESNA representative to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). He is also co-chair of the research committee within the NPUAP and sits on the editorial boards of Advances in Skin and Wound Care and Assistive Technology.