Center for Community Engagement

Los Angeles: Rehabilitation Engineering Lab

Los Angeles

At California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) rehabilitation engineering students are making local and global impacts under the direction of Dr. Samuel Landsberger. Through Hands-on Experience in Rehabilitation Engineering, students design, analyze, build and test assistive and sustainable energy devices. By weaving together engineering design with biomechanics, kinesiology and physiology, they are creating numerous solutions for rehabilitation and everyday living for disabled individuals.

At the Long Beach Veterans' Administration, CSULA engineering students are constructing assistive devices to improve user motility. In the Gait Lab, students are building a robot to improve techniques that measure the mobility of amputees and others with disabilities. "This will potentially lead to improved educational methods to train orthotists, prosthetists and physical therapists," said Professor Landsberger. With the Spinal Cord Injury Program, students are designing a walker based on the needs of their client with cerebral palsy. Their walker aims to promote exercise and mobility through enhancements that facilitate proper alignment, provide smooth steering and offer an enhanced braking system.

Rehabilitation engineering students have extended their service learning to address the needs of communities in developing countries. Through collaboration with Invent for Humanity, CSULA students are developing a water transportation device to be used by women and children when carrying large supplies of clean water from distant locations. CSULA's prototype is a re-engineered Q Drum that can be made for a fraction of the original cost and will decrease the risk of neck and spinal cord injuries associated with this practice.

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CSU Los Angeles
CSU Los Angeles

Under the direction of Dr. Samuel Landsberger, Cal State LA's rehabilitation engineering students are weaving together engineering design with biomechanics, kinesiology and physiology to create numerous solutions for rehabilitation and everyday living for disabled individuals.

San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University

Whirlwind Wheelchair International is a non-profit social enterprise based out of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world. Whirlwind has established partnerships with various student organizations to promote the availability of economic and sustainable wheelchairs that are designed based on feedback from future users.

Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University

The action of throwing or kicking a ball is an enjoyable part of childhood, but for children with disabilities, participating in group games and playground activities can be challenging. Students in Dr. Farid Farahmand's Introduction to Engineering 110 class are given the assignment of developing ways to make playground fun accessible for all children.