About Us

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Lab Director: Stephen Sprigle

The Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research (REAR) Lab undertakes applied research and development targeting the increased health and function of persons with disabilities. Specific areas of interest include: wheeled mobility and seating, pressure ulcer prevention and treatment; design of diagnostic tissue interrogation devices; and design of assistive technologies. The Director of the lab, Stephen Sprigle, is a Professor in Applied Physiology and Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As both a biomedical engineer and physical therapist, Dr. Sprigle's interests bridge the biomechanics of wheelchair seating, standardized wheelchair cushion and support surface testing and assistive technology design as well as posture and pressure ulcer prevention. Dr. Sprigle was also the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center on Wheeled Mobility (Mobility RERC), a center co-funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).