Research Engineer, Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research
Naphtaly received his BS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics in 2009 from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, NJ, and graduated with Honors from the Albert Dorman Honors College. During his bachelors he served as a writer for, and then the editor in chief of the Albert Dorman Honors College yearly technology publication, the “Technology Observer,” and became a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society. Naphtaly remained at NJIT as a doctoral student through 2011 and earned his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering while serving as a Research Assistant in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, and working as a Teaching Assistant for the department’s Biomechanics Laboratory course. After completing his Masters, Naphtaly then served as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NJIT, and taught as a University Lecturer from fall 2011 until spring 2013, when he resumed working full time as a doctoral student investigating the biomechanics of dysarthria speech.
Naphtaly joined the Human Performance and Engineering Research lab at the Kessler Foundation in June of 2015 as the biomedical engineer for the Pediatric Mobility collaboration with Children’s Specialized Hospital. As part of this collaboration, Naphtaly has worked on projects investigating aspects of wheelchair propulsion, gait biofeedback, functional electrical stimulation for foot drop, and exoskeleton use after brain injury. These projects and his prior academic work have given Naphtaly the opportunity to develop and improve his expertise in optical motion capture, MATLAB programing, and biomechanics. Naphtaly’s personal interests include astronomy, woodworking, science fiction, nature, electronics and computer hardware.
Nuno Oliveira, Sheila Blochlinger, Naphtaly Ehrenberg, Theresa Defosse, Gail Forrest, Trevor Dyson-Hudson & Peter Barrance (2017) Kinematics and pushrim kinetics in adolescents propelling high-strength lightweight and ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2017.1417499
K. Karunakaran, K. Abbruzzese, H. Xu, N. Ehrenberg and R. Foulds, (2014) "Haptic Proprioception in a virtual locomotor task," 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, IL, pp. 3594-3597.
Naphtaly Ehrenberg; Ghaith Androwis; Karen Nolan (2017) “Robotic Exoskeleton Gait Training in young adult acute TBI,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ISSN: 0003-9993, Vol: 98, Issue: 10, Page: e105-e106 DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.08.340
Oliveira, N., S. Blochlinger, N. Ehrenberg, T. Defosse, G. Forrest, T. Dyson-Hudson, and P. J. Barrance. (2017). propulsive work cost and shoulder movement during lightweight and ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair propulsion in pediatrics, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Oliveira, N., S. Blochlinger, N. Ehrenberg, T. Defosse, G. Forrest, T. Dyson-Hudson, and P. J. Barrance. (2016) synchronized kinematics and pushrim forces measured during ramp ascent with two types of manual wheelchair, American Society of Biomechanics Conference Raleigh, NC.