Dr. David Brienza is Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering, both at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Planning in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. He is currently the Interim Director, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Orthotics and Prosthetics Program.
Dr. Brienz received a BS, Electrical Engineering, at the University of Notre Dame. He received his MS and PhD, both in Electrical Engineering, at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Brienza currently serves as Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation and the RERC on Spinal Cord Injury. He is the former Director of the RERC on Wheeled Mobility. He has worked in the fields of telerehabilitation, wheelchair R&D, pressure ulcer prevention, and seat cushion and support surface R&D since 1987. Other activities and interests include exercise equipment, intellectual property, and personal injury law.
Dr. Brienza serves on the Board of Directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Within NPUAP he has chaired the Research Committee. He is a Fellow and former Board Member of the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association of North America (RESNA); he serves on their Assistive Technology Standards Board. He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a member of the American Telemedicine Association, and a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
His professional services also include service on several editorial boards for prominent journals (i.e. Archives of Physical Medicine, Journal of Clinical Biomechanics, Journal of Biomechanics) and participation in extramural funding peer review for NIDRR, NIH, PVA, EPVA, NSF, and Department of Commerce. He is appointed as Adjunct Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.
Dr. Brienza's research and development experience includes Principal Investigator of NIH R01, NIH SBIR, and PVA grants, task leader for NIDRR RERC research and development tasks, and project director for other research and development projects.
View a list of Dr. Brienza’s publications here.