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Patricia Karg received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. She has broad experience managing and performing clinical and laboratory research on the effectiveness of emerging technologies and assistive products, 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; associate director and project lead of RERCs on Wheeled Mobility, Spinal Cord Injury, and Wheelchair Performance Standards; and co-investigator on NIH SBIRs and three NIH R01 clinical trials. She 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 is actively involved in the development of national and international performance and safety standards for assistive products, serving as Chair of the RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Board, and on several national and international technical standards committees on wheelchair seating and transportation safety. 


Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology


Master of Rehabilitation Technology
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Rehabilitation Technology