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The Rehabilitation Engineering Core (REC) is a joint center between two of the best universities in
North Carolina;
North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The strategy for the Core is to build onto the medical strengths of UNC-Chapel Hill and the engineering know-how of NC State. This initiative of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University and the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina is a state technical assistance, education and research center that evaluates, designs, develops, and promotes improved care and function for individuals with short and long term rehabilitation needs.

REC Seminars

Fridays, Noon to 1pm

Presented from
Room 4142, EBIII, NCSU

Teleconferenced to
Room 321 MacNider, UNC

March 27

Michael Goldfarb, Ph.D.
H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Intelligent Mechatronic
Department of Mechancical Engineering
School of Engineering, Vanderbilt Universtiy


Title: TBA


A graduate student testing a neural-machine interface device.
Measuring muscle activity using multiple electrodes.
Dr. Greg Sawicki (right) and his graduate student performing tests in the Gait Lab.

Congratulations to Dr. Helen Huang
Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Core (REC)

Please join us in offering Professor Helen Huang your warmest congratulations on her recent appointment as the director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Core (REC) at NC State and UNC. The REC, like BME itself, unites the University of North Carolina and NC State University in order to encourage and engender groundbreaking collaborative science between the two institutions. The Co-Interim Director of the Center, Dr. Rick Wysk, commented that Dr. Huang is the “perfect person for this opportunity.” Louis Martin-Vega, the Dean of NC State's College of Engineering, in addition to offering his congratulations, noted that he “looks forward to her leadership in this very special and unique effort in our College!” With her innovative research in the creation of neural-machine interfacing technologies, Dr. Huang is perfectly positioned and qualified to lead the Rehabilitation Engineering Center as it continues to prosper and grow. Congratulations to Helen on this exciting new step in her career!


The North Carolina State University Office of the Provost announced on November 22, 2013 that Dr. Greg Sawicki will be one of the 2013-2014 University Faculty Scholars. Dr. Sawicki was one of seven total nominees that the College of Engineering nominated for the prestigious awards—the most that the college was allowed to nominate for the program. Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, Louis Martin-Vega, noted that the award was very well deserved and offered his sincere congratulations.

The University Faculty Scholars program was established in 2012 to reward excellence in early- and mid-career faculty at NCSU. To meet eligibility requirements, faculty members must be assistant professors who have been reappointed for a second term, associate professors, or full professors in their first three years serving at that rank. The program was designed as an effort by the university to invest in and retain high quality faculty members; it is funded through donations by Jim and Ann Goodnight and William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. With this award, Dr. Sawicki will hold the title of University Faculty Scholar and receive a $10,000 annual supplement for the next five years to enhance his already outstanding work. Although only in its second year, Dr. Sawicki will be BME’s second faculty member to receive this prominent honor. Please join all of BME in offering Dr. Sawicki our sincere congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

To read more about the 2013 - 2014 class of University Faculty Scholars, please see the announcement on NCSU's Bulletin.


Dr. Greg Sawicki’s work was recently highlighted in the November 14thissue of Nature. This citation, from a journal in its 503rd volume of publication with a longstanding history of excellent scientific journalism, is a notable external recognition of the successful work emerging from Dr. Sawicki’s research program. The article by Peter Gwynne, part of a supplement all about the spine, overviews the state of robotic exoskeletons which give mobility to people with spinal cord injuries. The article notes that Dr. Sawicki’s work with ankle plantarflexors offers an innovative approach to regain movement for some patients who can stand but not walk after spinal cord injuries. By creating an elastic solution that extends the foot at the correct time during stepping, Dr. Sawicki’s work offers a way to facilitate movement that falls outside of complex and bulky robotic exoskeletons.

To read about Dr. Sawicki’s work and all the exciting developments at the intersection of spinal cord rehabilitation, robotics, and exoskeletons, read the full article, “Technology: Mobility Machines,” on Nature’s website:


BME Undergrad Jeffrey Powell Featured on WUNC Radio

"In case you missed it, there was a great interview on WUNC radio with BME senior Jeff Powell, who made a 3-D printed hand for local 7 year old boy Holden Mora.  Congratulations to Jeff for doing such a great job to help Holden, and this really shows the positive impact that we can have as biomedical engineers on the lives of other people.  Jeff also did a great job in the interview, although I have to admit that Holden steals the show"shares Richard Goldberg, Associate Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.

   The interview and story are here:



Dr. Helen Huang’s work on brain-connected prostheses has once again made an appearance in the press. In late January, both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer reported on Dr. Huang’s development of smarter prostheses that utilize brain signals to help deal with changes in terrain, speed, and type of activity. The goal of Huang’s work is to program a bionic leg to respond to specific brain activity patterns associated with a specific command, such as bending the knee. Congratulations to Professor Huang on the well-deserved publicity!



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