Rory Cooper, PhD: ISWP Co-Director

Dr. Cooper is Co-director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP).  He received B.S. and M.Eng degrees in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985 and 1986, respectively, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering with a concentration in bioengineering from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989.  Dr. Cooper serves as Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He also is Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence in Pittsburgh.  He is a U.S. Army veteran with a spinal cord injury and a Director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation. Dr. Cooper also currently serves as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Prosthetics & Special Disability Programs Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Defense Health Board Subcommittee on Amputation and Orthopedics, and the Board of Directors of Easter Seals. He has actively collaborated with the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre on increasing access to quality services and devices for people with disabilities in India and throughout developing countries.

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