McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Rory Cooper, PhD, founding director and VA senior research career scientist of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded the American Institute for Biomedical Engineering’s 2018 Advocacy Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to humanity and the field of bioengineering.
The nomination, which cannot come from a home institution, noted the breakthrough devices that he helped to create to transform the lives of people with disabilities, and how his research and development exemplifies the highest qualities of bioengineering. Dr. Cooper’s work includes ground-breaking innovations in developing next generation assistive technology to promote independent living, upgraded rehabilitation practices and improved treatment guidelines for combat amputees.
The institute makes a maximum of three awards each year in advocacy, education and public policy. Dr. Cooper is the first person from Pitt to receive any of these awards.