Stephen Sundarrao

Stephen Sundarrao is Associate Director for USF Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation,  and Robotics Technologies (CARRT) and the President and CEO of Rehab Ideas. A start-up company he founded in 2006 in collaboration with USF. He has two patents issued with him as the inventor and his company has commercialized five patented products developed at USF. His undergraduate and graduate education is in Mechanical Engineering and he has over 20 years experience as a rehabilitation engineer and managing a statewide program. He is certified by RESNA as an Assistive Technology Practioner(ATP) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist(RET).

He served on the Board of Directors of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), National Health Advisory Board for the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) and the Florida Department of Health’s Disability Taskforce on Bioterrorism. He currently teaches the Capstone Design Course for senior mechanical engineering students, which develops 10-15 new innovative technologies for individuals with disabilities annually. He regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. His research interests include advanced vehicle modifications, ergonomics and mobility devices for individuals with disabilities. His expertise includes design, product development, marketing and commercialization. He received the Presidential Award from NMEDA and an award from the University of Miami for Course Development and Recruitment for their online training in Assistive Technology. He is actively involved with the State Vocational Rehabilitation program to develop policy and training for better integration of Rehabilitation Technology Services. He served on the advisory board for the RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety at the University of Michigan. Recent awards include: Engineer of the Year (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Innovation Research Award(USF) and Florida Governors Point of Light.