Rory Cooper Named Distinguished Professor Of Rehabilitation Science And Technology At University Of Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, April 21, 2004 Rory Cooper, Ph.D., chair of the department of rehabilitation science and technology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. A Distinguished Professorship is the highest honor the university confers on a member of the professorate.
Dr. Cooper was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 to help establish the first formal department of rehabilitation science and technology in the United States. Over the past 10 years, the department and its faculty and staff has become a widely recognized leader in the field.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Cooper has come to be considered one of the pre-eminent international experts in wheelchair design and has made remarkable contributions to the field of mobility research. He founded and directs the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a joint venture consisting of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the University of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, and is the author or co-author of more than 200 papers, expanded abstracts and book chapters, and the author of two books, Rehabilitation Engineering Applied to Mobility and Manipulation and Wheelchair Selection and Configuration.