Chet Moritz, professor of electrical & computer engineering, rehabilitation medicine and physiology & biophysics, has been named the Cherng Jia and Elizabeth Yun Hwang Endowed Professor in the University of Washington’s (UW’s) Department of Electrical Engineering. He is the second recipient of this award, Rajesh Rao, director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) and professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering was the first.
The professorship is built on the Hwangs’ shared vision of making life better for those with paralysis. It supports the critical advancement of rehabilitation technologies for spinal cord injury and stroke. The nature of this research requires a multi-disciplinary approach.
Moritz was named an Allen Distinguished Investigator and appointed to the Christopher & Dana Reeve International Consortium on Spinal Cord Repair. Chet serves as the Co-Director for the Center for Neurotechnology, and NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC). He is also the founding director of the Washington Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (WASCIC). He directs the Restorative Technologies Laboratory (RTL) which focuses on developing technologies to treat paralysis due to spinal cord injury.