Jon is Director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). He also serves as Associate Director for Product Innovation & Translation at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology and as Associate Director of Engineering for the Human Research Engineering Lab (HERL). Dr. Pearlman earned his BS and MS in mechanical engineering at the UC Berkeley and Cornell University, respectively. He completed his PhD work in Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on assistive technology design and transfer to developing countries. Dr. Pearlman's research interests are in the areas of participatory action design, assistive technology transfer methods and new product development.