Advanced Platform Technology Center
Ronald Triolo, PhD
Ronald J. Triolo received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, Villanova, PA in 1980, and MS degrees in both Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1982 and 1984, respectively, as well as a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering for the design and clinical testing of an actively powered and myoelectrically controlled above knee prosthesis for transfemoral amputees in 1986. Dr. Triolo was Director of Research at the Philadelphia Unit of Shriners Hospitals from 1986 through 1994 he where he investigated neuroprosthetic and neurotherapeutic uses of electrical stimulation for children with motor dysfunction due to spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy.
Dr. Triolo is currently a tenured Professor of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and a Senior Career Scientist with the Rehabilitation Research & Development Service of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the Executive Director of the Advanced Platform Technology Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs where he oversees the design, prototyping and production of novel medical devices for the rehabilitation of individuals with sensorimotor impairments or limb loss. He also directs the Motion Study Laboratory of the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he pursues research in the development and clinical application of neuroprostheses and restorative technologies, biomechanics and the control of movement, rehabilitation engineering, and the assessment of assistive technology. Dr. Triolo currently leads independently funded research programs to restore or enhance the upright and seated mobility, posture and balance in individuals with neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders.
Photo: From the Advanced Exoskeletons for Independent Mobility project. Paralysis, muscle weakness, and lack of coordination are common consequences of combat related injury to the central nervous or musculoskeletal systems that can prevent a return to active duty or independent performance of essential activities of daily living. APT Center Investigators continue to improve the design, fabrication and testing of the bracing systems consisting of unique electromechanical joints that lock and unlock in coordination with voluntary or stimulated muscle contractions to restore or assist independent walking and upright mobility. Dr. Triolo is a principal investigator on this project.