In the Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory, Agrawal directs research funded by the National Institutes of Health, which includes cable-driven leg exoskeletons and robot-enhanced mobility applications for children. The exoskeleton robotic applications, which are designed to be nimble extensions of the human body, are helping professionals deliver enhanced recovery and rehabilitative care, while making life easier and safer for those using the technology.
Gerard Ateshian and his team are trying to understand how normal cartilage provides lubrication. That way, they can slow down the degeneration of the cartilage or come up with substitutes to repair worn joints.
Vijay Modi is an engineer in search of problems. That is, he has changed the way he approaches engineering, and in the process, is helping address some seemingly minor challenges that, on further investigation, are extremely complex and can change the lives of a large portion of the world’s poor.