HERL is an engineering laboratory focused on translational research. A collaborative center between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, the University of Pittsburgh, and the UPMC Health System. Founded in 1994, HERL is dedicated to wheelchair and associated rehabilitation technology research with a focus on improving the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation.
I started with HERL as a research assistant in 2011, completed the requirements for my master’s degree in 2012, and began my doctoral education in Rehabilitation Science & Technology the same year.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to be able to work on various projects at HERL that directly impact and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. These diverse range of projects provided me an opportunity to work in four keys areas of rehabilitation research,
- Virtual reality & simulation based technology
- Adaptive sports,
- Assistive technology design & development
- Rehabilitation outcomes