Dr. Rory Cooper Awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Rory Cooper, PhD, has been awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army for his extraordinary contributions to veterans by leveraging science, clinical research, and advanced engineering technology to improve the mobility of wounded and disabled veterans. The award was presented by the commander of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Cooper is the FISA/PVA endowed chair and a distinguished professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and the director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is also the center director at the Center of Excellence for Wheelchair and Related Technology, VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Center, and a senior research career scientist at the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, Dr. Cooper holds a secondary appointment as professor in both the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering.
The Outstanding Civilian Service Award is the third highest honor within the Department of the Army Civilian Awards scheme that the United States Department of the Army can bestow upon a private citizen. The Secretary of the Army or a major commander may award this medal for outstanding service that makes a substantial contribution or is of significance to the major Army command concerned. Outstanding Civilian Service Award honors consist of a bronze medal, lapel button, and citation certificate.
Congratulations, Dr. Cooper!