The Power of Assistive Technology to Transform Lives
Rory Cooper, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine and Rehab, and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh; founding director at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rory Cooper is the founding director at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence in partnership with Pitt. Also, he serves as co-director of the NSF Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center, a joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon University venture.
Dr. Cooper has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed journal publications and two books, including the award-winning “Care of the Combat Amputee.” He is an avid wheelchair athlete and past world/ national record holder at various distances in wheelchair racing.
A U.S. Army veteran with a spinal cord injury, Dr. Cooper is the director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation. In 2009, Dr. Cooper was featured on a Cheerios cereal box for his achievements and, a year later, was pictured with one of his robots in Popular Science for his robotics work aiding older adults and people with disabilities.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, August 16, 2022