Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (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.