Principle Investigator Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT
Stephen Sprigle is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology with appointments in Bioengineering, Industrial Design and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.A biomedical engineer with a license in physical therapy, Sprigle directs the Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Lab (REARLab), which focuses on applied disability research and development. The REARLab’s research interests include the biomechanics of wheelchair seating and posture, pressure ulcer prevention, and manual wheelchair propulsion. Its development activities include standardized wheelchair and cushion testing and the design of assistive and diagnostic technologies. Sprigle teaches design-related classes in both the Schools of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering.
Sharon Sonenblum, PhD
Sharon Sonenblum is a Senior Research Scientist in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Sonenblum has been studying wheelchair seating and mobility for over a decade. Her work focuses on two primary areas: the use of assistive technology in everyday life, and tissue health and pressure injury prevention. Dr. Sonenblum has investigated how people use their power tilt-in-space wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, and more recently their power adjustable seat height wheelchairs in their everyday lives. Dr. Sonenblum’s work on tissue health has investigated tissue’s response to loading and weight shifts, and the role of weight shift behaviors in pressure injury development.
Mark P. McJunkin, holds a Research Scientist position in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. McJunkin brings more than 20 years of design for manufacturing and industry experience to his work on campus. His professional consulting has proven successful in the athletic and scientific equipment industries.
McJunkin previously was a part-time instructor of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech 1998 to 2008 and a design and CNC fabrication instructor 2008 to 2012 in the school of biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Mark received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994.