The North Carolina State University Office of the Provost announced on November 22, 2013 that Dr. Greg Sawicki would be one of the 2013-2014 University Faculty Scholars. Dr. Sawicki was one of seven total nominees that the College of Engineering nominated for the prestigious awards—the most that the college was allowed to nominate for the program. Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, Louis Martin-Vega, noted that the award is very well deserved and offered his sincere congratulations.
The University Faculty Scholars program was established in 2012 to reward excellence in early- and mid-career faculty at NC State. To meet eligibility requirements, faculty members must be assistant professors who have been appointed for a second term, associate professors, or full professors in their first three years serving at that rank. The program was designed as an effort by the university to invest in and retain high quality faculty members; it is funded through donations by Jim an...
Dr. Greg Sawicki’s work was recently highlighted in the November 14th issue of Nature. This citation, from a journal in its 503rd volume of publication with a longstanding history of excellent scientific journalism, is a notable external recognition of the successful work emerging from Dr. Sawicki’s research program. The article by Peter Gwynne, part of a supplement all about the spine, overviews the state of robotic exoskeletons which give mobility to people with spinal cord injuries. The article notes that Dr. Sawicki’s work with ankle plantar flexors offers an innovative approach to regain movement for some patients who can stand but not walk after spinal cord injuries. By creating an elastic solution that extends the foot at the correct time during stepping, Dr. Sawicki’s work offers a way to facilitate movement that falls outside of complex and bulky robotic exoskeletons.
Special Address Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega (left)
Dean of Engineering
North Carolina State University
Key Note Robert J. Gregor, Ph.D. (right)
Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
University of Southern California
Professor Emeritus, School of Applied Physiology
Georgia Institute of Technology