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Elaine Chen Lu

Photo of Elaine LuMasters Candidate

Clinical Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
(University of Toronto)
(416) 597-3422 x7809


Elaine Lu received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree Magna cum Laude in Interdisciplinary Engineering (Biomedical engineering focus) at the University of Washington in 1996. Her undergraduate research projects included studying aortic valve replacement patient recovery and below-knee amputee prosthetics. She then went on to teach English in China for several years, afterwards she returned to the U.S. and did a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies (2003). She moved to Toronto in 2005 and continued to teach and was involved in community outreach work.

In 2009, Elaine started her Master’s program in Clinical Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Currently, Elaine is working on redesigning the haptic robotic device for upper-limb stroke rehabilitation by using participatory design techniques.

Select Publications

  • Lu, E. C., Falk, T. H., Teachman, G., & Chau, T. (2010). Assessing the Viability of a Vocal Cord Vibration Switch for Four Children with Multiple Disabilities. The Open Rehabilitation Journal, 3(1), 55-61.
  • Lu, E., Falk, T. H., Teachman, G., & Chau, T. (2010). Development and evaluation of a dual output sound based access solution for individuals with complex communication needs. ISAAC 2010 (pp. 96-96).
  • Lu, E., Wang, R., Hebert, D., Boger, J., Galea, M., & Mihailidis, A. (2010). The development of an upper limb stroke rehabilitation robot: Identification of clinical practices and design requirements through a survey of therapists. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, In Press.
  • Lu, E., Wang, R., Boger, J., Hebert, D., & Mihailidis, A. (2011). Development of a rehabilitation robot: national differences in therapist practice. FICCDAT: RESNA 2011 (In Review).

Honours and Awards

  • Barbara & Frank Milligan Graduate Fellowship (2009)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2010)