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Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST)

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About CREST

The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) is a multidisciplinary research and educational initiative, covering:

  • A balanced academic exposure to the medical, social and psychological aspects of disability and its remediation ("rehabilitation");
  • Current knowledge about the pathophysiology of disability and new research tools to investigate it ("rehabilitation science");
  • Analytical processes to model the impairment and its functional limitations;
  • The design and development of acceptable augmentation or replacement devices, strategies or concepts ("rehabilitation engineering"); and
  • Real-world design, provisioning, marketing of and training in the use, psychology and sociology of such devices ("rehabilitation technology").

The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology was established as a new initiative at Clarkson University in the field of bioengineering and rehabilitation engineering. CREST is one of the five distinct, yet related, priority research and programmatic expansions funded by a $30 million grant — the largest gift in the history of Clarkson University — from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.