College team selected for National I-Corps cohort

A team of researchers from the College of Engineering & Applied Science has been selected for a national NSF I-Corps cohort. The team was awarded $50,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a robotic assistive arm for the disabled individuals who need assistance from the caregiver or others to perform the activity of daily livings.

The team is led by Mohammad Habibur Rahman, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, and includes Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, senior scientist, Fidel Sierra-Flores Jr., undergraduate student in biomedical engineering and Md AssadUzZaman, doctoral student in mechanical engineering.

Rahman runs the college’s Biorobotics Lab, which focuses on the design, development, and control of wearable robots that can rehabilitate and assist physically disabled individuals whose upper and lower extremities are impaired.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.