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QoLT and ASPIRE REU Programs

Primary Institution: Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh
City: Pittsburgh
State: PA
Job Duration: May 21, 2012 - July 29, 2012
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Undergraduate Internship
Discipline(s): Computational science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Rehabilitation Science
Description: American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering (ASPIRE) focuses its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program on research in the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology fields. Rehabilitation engineering employs a systematic approach to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Research efforts in rehabilitation engineering are focused on identifying and addressing problems critical to achieving and maintaining the highest possible level of function in areas related to mobility, communications, sensory (e.g., hearing, tactile, vision), and cognition and in activities associated with employment, independent living, and education. The primary objective of the ASPIRE REU program is to provide an exemplary mentoring and resourceful environment that enables undergraduate students to 1) transition from dependent to independent thinkers, 2) develop a sense of excitement about entering an engineering or technical field and 3) be well prepared for their future careers.

The Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center's (QoLT ERC) vision is to transform lives of people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability through intelligent devices and systems. The QoLT ERC is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Pittsburgh, integrating CMU's strength in the design, implementation, and technology transfer of intelligent systems, and Pitt's strength in rehabilitation, health sciences and aging research. The primary objectives of the QoLT REU program are to excite undergraduate students about technology and engineering, engage them in cross-disciplinary research in QoLT to gain understanding of how to relate human functions (physiological, physical, social, and cognitive) to the design of intelligent devices and systems that aid and interact with people, expand their knowledge of emerging technologies in QoLT, and prepare them for graduate studies or professional careers in QoLT.
Stipend: ~$4,000
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2012
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Maria Milleville
6425 Penn Ave.
Bakery Square, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Secondary Contact: Mary Goldberg
6425 Penn Ave.
Bakery Square, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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