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Bioengineering and Rehabilitation

Coulter funds will enable Clarkson to launch new initiatives focused on bettering life through technology

Physical Therapy Instructor George Fulk, PT (l) is testing the relative effectiveness of an assistive technology harness
Physical Therapy Instructor George Fulk, PT (left) is testing the relative effectiveness of an assistive technology harness support intervention called body weight gait training, which is used to help individuals regain the ability to walk.
New initiatives in Bioengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering (BRE) will leverage Clarkson’s expertise in Physical Therapy, Engineering, and Particle Science and create connections among these three areas to address critical needs in society. The BRE initiative will continue the impact of PT in shifting student engineering perspectives to the needs of human end users, and will also raise consciousness of the humanitarian possibilities of technological degrees.

Wallace H. Coulter was particularly interested in seeing Clarkson pursue the opportunity provided by this unique combination of expertise. The Coulter gift has provided $8.25 million for this program in which students and faculty will explore and develop together technological innovations to meet human needs, and to endow a chair in rehabilitation engineering in honor of Provost Emeritus Herman L. Shulman. In addition, the foundation has provided a $5-million Dean’s Academic Excellence Fund to be used at the discretion of the Dean. The fund may be used for purposes that assist the School in accordance with the legacy of Wallace H. Coulter and the theme “Technology Serving Humanity.”