Chase M. Pfeifer, Ph.D., is the Assistant Research Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center of Excellence at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. Dr. Pfeifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Mathematics, Physics, and Biology from Florida State University. He earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he performed extensive medical device design and investigated the kinematics and kinetics in college athletes at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln under the supervision of Judith M. Burnfield, Ph.D., PT. He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln teaching Kinematic and Machine Design through the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department. His research through the Rehabilitation Engineering Center aims to improve the quality of life for rehabilitation patients through the design and development of assistive and rehabilitation devices for patients, clinicians, and family members.
Arash Mohammadzadeh Gonabadi is the Assistant Research Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center of Excellence at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from State University of Semnan in Semnan, Iran and is currently completing his PhD in exercise science and biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He brings a wealth of experience in modeling, design, analysis, simulation of machinery, robotics and artificial intelligence. As a member of Madonna’s Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, he works closely with patients and clinicians to design technology innovations that address the immediate clinical needs of adults and children recovering from a wide range of injuries and illnesses. His research through the Rehabilitation Engineering Center aims to design and develop assistive and rehabilitation devices to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.