Dr. Jeff Reinbolt Receives NSF CAREER Award

Jeff Reinbolt, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering and core faculty member of  the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Reinbolt’s work will examine human movement with the goal of improving rehabilitation for stroke victims.

Reinbolt’s award includes a $417,000 grant over five years to support his teaching and research aimed at developing scientific tools and simulations to investigate rehabilitations that improve patients’ mobility and quality of life following a stroke.

“Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the nation, and patients are commonly left with sensorimotor deficiencies and reduced mobility,” said Reinbolt.

The CAREER project will allow Reinbolt and his team of graduate students to develop tools specific to patients.

“Health care professionals are required to overcome challenges while maintaining high levels of patient care,” said Reinbolt. “Simulation tools can be a great asset to them. I have seen how simulations have made dramatic impacts across engineering fields, but not in medicine. We want to change that.”

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