USF Department of Mechanical Engineering along with the Rehabilitation
Engineering and Technology Program focuses its research on creating new
assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. Current active
research areas include remote vehicle control systems, personal mobility
devices, rehabilitation robotics, haptic interfaces, augmentative
communication, safe mobility, home and work site modifications, and
virtual reality based simulation for assessment and training. The
Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology Program is Dr.
Lab: The engineering department
has several CAD labs that utilize standard industry wide software and
equipment. The software includes 2D drafting, 3D modeling and
simulation, finite element analysis (FEA).
Lab: The robotics lab has cutting edge theory on trailing edge technology.
RRC K-2107A 7DOF robotic Arm, PHANToM, Spaceball, Basic Stamp Works
Kits, Mechatronics Kits, Digital Servo Workshop, Automotive Transducer
Kit, LabVIEW Virtual Instruments with multi-channel digital data
acquisition and systems control.
Prototyping Facility: The Mechanical Engineering Department has
a full service CNC prototyping center with three full time machinists /
toolmakers and three part time machinist assistants. The machining
facility contains modern equipment including CNC Mills and Lathe, TIG