Patricia Karg received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Karg is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. She has broad experience performing research in the area of assistive technology, including prevention of soft tissue injury and injury biomechanics. Her research experience includes PI of the NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, project leader and associate director for the RERCs on Wheeled Mobility and Spinal Cord Injury, and co-investigator on NIH SBIRs and two NIH R01 randomized clinical trials. Karg participates in tissue integrity management research involving the development and application of instrumentation for the in vivo assessment of soft tissue response to pressure, shear and temperature. She performs clinical and laboratory evaluations of wheelchair seat cushions and other pressure injury prevention surfaces. Karg is actively involved in the development of performance and safety standards for assistive technology. She serves as a member of the RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Board, and of national and international technical standards committees on wheelchair seating and transportation safety technology.
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology