The Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research (REAR) Lab undertakes applied research and specialized product development targeting the increased health and function of persons with disabilities. Specific areas of interest include: biomechanics of wheelchair seating, manual wheelchair propulsion, pressure ulcer prevention, and treatment and the development of diagnostic and assistive technologies. The REARLab’s technology development span a wide array of activities including Graduate and Undergraduate student design projects and collaboration with commercial entitities. The REARLab also undertakes design and development of Orphan Assistive Technologies which serve persons with very special needs. The REARLab’s experimental research reflects expertise in soft tissue imaging, monitoring device use and activities during everyday life, and human performance and function.
The Lab operates under the School of Industrial Design and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Its physical space includes a dedicated product testing laboratory, a fabrication shop, and research space configured for human subject testing.