Steven J. Elmer, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Mobility and Performance
Giving wheelchair users the ability to exercise more effectively? That’s research with heart.
Regular exercise is important for maintaining health, especially for wheelchair users. However, exercise equipment to be used with a wheelchair is not always readily accessible, adjustable or effective.
Steven Elmer leads a team of mechanical engineering, kinesiology and physical therapy students to develop new exercise equipment for wheelchair users and bridge the gap between engineering and rehabilitation.
And, equipped with a $50,000 research grant from the NSF for “I-Corps: A New Assistive Device for Wheelchair Users”, Elmer and his team are developing their entrepreneurial skills needed to commercialize the technology. It was the first NSF award for the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology.