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Eric Schearer, PhD


Staff Scientist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MetroHealth
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cleveland State University
Director, Center for Human Machine Systems, Cleveland State University
Investigator, Cleveland FES Center


  • Paralysis after Spinal Cord Injury
   Eric Schearer, PhD


Dr. Schearer is a member of the Bioscientific Staff in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the MetroHealth Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University. His research aims to develop easily usable and widely available neuroprostheses to restore reaching and grasping movements to people with high tetraplegia. To achieve this goal Dr. Schearer is developing:

1) strategies for selecting muscle stimulation patterns to restore reaching movements that can be programmed by non-expert caregivers,

2) simple and non-invasive command interfaces that allow people with high tetraplegia to communicate their intent to move their arms, and

3) neuroprostheses that combine functional electrical stimulation and soft wearable exosuits to move paralyzed arms.  



     2007-present IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
     2012-present IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
     2018-present IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
     2019-present American Society for Engineering Education



Mechanical Engineering Department, Cleveland State University
1960 East 24th Street, FH232
Cleveland OH, 44115
Phone: 216-687-6901
Email: [email protected]