Biography

Lawrence E. Carlson

I received my BS degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1967, and my MS and D.Eng. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968 and 1971, respectively. All my degrees are in mechanical engineering. My doctoral thesis title was "Multi-Mode Control of an Above-Elbow Prosthesis."

From 1971 to 1974, I taught mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (now known simply as the University of Illinois at Chicago, after the academics realized that the "circle" was only a freeway interchange nearby!). While in Chicago, I collaborated with the Prosthetics Research Laboratory at Northwestern University.

I came to CU-Boulder in 1974, joining the interesting department of Engineering Design and Economic Evaluation, which was disbanded in 1978, when I joined the Mechanical Engineering department. In 1992, I became increasingly more engaged in significantly impacting the engineering curricula, culminating in the dedication of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory in 1997. I am delighted to serve as its co-director, along with Jackie Sullivan.

I am fascinated by engineering design, and teach courses exclusively in this general area. My research focus is improving the design of devices used in rehabilitation engineering, primarily upper-limb prosthetics.