CyBERS: Center for Biomedical Engineering & Rehabilitation Science
The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CyBERS) wasidentified as a Center of Excellence at Louisiana Tech University, first by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1985 when it was established, and by the University of Louisiana System in a review of all its colleges and universities. CyBERS and the Biomedical Engineering faculty have long had international acclaim for its physiological research and its rehabilitation engineering and science research and service. Through partnership with the world-class facilities and research in Tech’s Institute for Micromanufacturing, Biomedical Engineering faculty have developed expertise in the growing BioMEMS and Nanobiotechnology fields. The Center is also actively engaged in Neural Engineering research. Eexternal funding for Biomedical Engineering research comes from a variety of sources including the Whitaker Foundation, State of Louisiana, NSF, NIH, AFOSR, VA, and US Department of Education. CyBERS is currently housed in the 23,000 square foot Biomedical Engineering Center. This building includes staff and administrative offices, educational facilities, and research and assessment laboratories. CyBERS’ Comprehensive Center for Rehabilitation Technology (CCRT) provides rehabilitation technology services and assessments to the State of Louisiana’s Rehabilitation Services agency and other clients. Certified specialists on staff include rehabilitation engineers, a counselor, occupational therapists and assistants, a speech/language pathologist, an adaptive driving evaluator, and a nurse (seehttp://www.CyBERS.latech.edu). Additional resources of the Center include craftwork shops, graphics and video studios, various vehicles used in the driver-training programs, and animal research facilities. Louisiana Tech University’s Biomedical Engineering Program is unique in the country in that it is the only engineering school-based program that directly provides clinical rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities. Active at the state, national, and international levels, CyBERS provides opportunities for faculty and students from throughout the entire university to participate in the activities and programs of the Center.
Web Site: http://coes.latech.edu/cbers