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Bioengineer Receives Special Honor for Life-changing Inventions

Rory Cooper has received many honors throughout his career, but none quite like the recognition he received from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this May. His work in Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories is changing the evolution of mobility technology.
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Engineering Team Designs Exoskeleton Technology to Help People Walk Again

It seems like something from a sci-fi movie: humans wearing bionic technology to move more easily. But Pitt researchers are turning fiction into a reality, aiming to help people with paraplegia.

Rory Cooper Awarded American Institute for Biomedical Engineering Advocacy Award

Rory Cooper, founding director and VA senior research career scientist of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pitt’s...

Pitt Day of Giving Tops $9 Million in Donations to University Programs and Scholarships

The community of University of Pittsburgh alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends responded to this year’s Pitt Day of Giving by donating a record-setting $9,029,828.
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Engineering Program Helps People With Disabilities Advance Professional Development

Pitt's Advancing Inclusive Manufacturing program helps college students with conditions such as paraplegia, epilepsy and autism transition to careers in machining and engineering.

Report: Pittsburgh's Innovation Ecosystem Key to Next-generation Technology Leadership

The Brookings Institution reports that the University of Pittsburgh and neighboring entities form the core of a naturally occurring innovation district.
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Professor and Veterans Affairs Senior Research Scientist Wins 2017 Service to America Medal

Rory Cooper, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences professor and founding director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, has been honored with what's known as the "Oscar award for government service" for his innovative wheelchairs and assistive technologies.