Dr. Robert Gregg, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering who joined the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science this fall, is a recipient of a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research that will combine robot control theory and physical rehabilitation to revolutionize and improve prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices.
"According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers report '2028 Vision for Mechanical Engineering,' mechanical engineers will need to collaborate with partners worldwide in order to apply innovative solutions and best practices to improve quality of life for all people," said Dr. Mario Rotea, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "Dr. Gregg's research will contribute to this vision. His research combines mechanical systems, control theory, and embedded hardware and software to create next-generation prosthetics without the limitations of conventional solutions.
"His work is groundbreaking and of great value to society. This NIH award certifies his vision, and acknowledges the quality and potential applicability of his work to date."
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports the creation of wearable powered legs that coordinate with human movement and dynamically respond to the wearer's environment by measuring a single variable that represents the motion of the leg. These improved limbs could significantly increase the quality of life for millions of American amputees and sufferers of neuromuscular impairments, such as stroke survivors.
The award is given to researchers at an early stage in their career for work that is creative and has the potential for unusually high impact. Gregg is one of about 40 researchers throughout the country to receive the award.
"This award is not a just a recognition of the excellent research that Dr. Gregg is performing in prosthetic systems," said Dr. Robert Rennaker, head
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