Rory Cooper and QoLT Cited in Congressional Record-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, July 27, 2009

Rory Cooper and QoLT Cited in Congressional Record

IN RECOGNITION OF DR. RORY COOPER -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 27, 2009)
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MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009

  • Mr. MURTHA. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Rory A. Cooper , Ph.D. for his outstanding achievement of winning a gold medal at the 2009 National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
  • While winning a gold medal is an exceptional achievement by itself, Dr. Cooper has proven himself again and again. Madam Speaker, Dr. Cooper has won a total of five gold medals at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and has previously held the world record for the 10,000-meter wheelchair race. He has participated and won medals almost every year since he first started competing in 1987. In 1988 he won the bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Seoul, Korea. He continued to stay active in Paralympic competition by serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the 1996 Paralympic Scientific Congress. He was also the Sports Scientist for the 2008 United States Paralympic Team. In recognition of his achievements at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, he was featured on a 2009 Cheerios cereal box.
  • When Dr. Cooper is not competing, he is a researcher in the field of assistive technology design at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is also the Director and Veterans Affairs (VA) Senior Research Career Scientist for the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence, Codirector of the National Science Foundation Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center, a member of the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Prosthetics and Special Disability Programs Advisory Committee, and a Director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation. He has published over two hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and two books, Rehabilitation Engineering Applied to Mobility and Manipulation and Wheelchair Selection and Configuration. Dr. Cooper is also a recipient of the Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for ``exceptional leadership, service, and advocacy of severely injured service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and other military medical facilities from October 2004 through May 2008.''
Madam Speaker, Dr. Cooper is truly an inspiration to all to us. I conclude my remarks by commending him for his outstanding achievements.