Dr. Mo Rastgaar is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue Polytechnic Institute. He was an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech, prior to joining Purdue University. Dr. Rastgaar received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2008. He was a post-doctoral associate in the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT. Dr. Rastgaar is a recipient of 2014 NSF CAREER award.
Dr. Rastgaar is the founding director of the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab). The research at the HIRoLab is focused on human-centered robots including the development of lower extremity assistive and rehabilitation devices for enhanced agility and improved mobility. The research goal at the HIRoLab is to further the critical understanding about the dynamics of agile gait, especially during different maneuvers, through experiments with human subjects and modeling.
Dr. Rastgaar's research interests includes assistive and rehabilitation robots, systems design, cyber-physical systems, dynamics, and controls.