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Jessica Aviles, Ph.D


Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Faculty Profile


Dr. Avilés is currently an Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at Clemson University where she leads the PHASE Lab (Pursuing Health through Adaptations, Sports, and Ergonomics). Her research focuses on assessing and implementing interventions to enhance mobility and performance among individuals with varying physical capabilities (e.g. individuals with spinal cord injury, older adults, amputees, athletes). Her current collaborations and partners include Prisma Health, Bon Secours, faculty in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences, and College of Architecture, Art, and Construction as well as various community partners. Prior to her position as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Avilés was an NSF/ASEE eFellows Postdoctoral fellow at Clemson, received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech, received her MS in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University (NSF LSAMP fellow), and BS in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.

How their research is transforming health care

My research focuses on how to better understand and enhance mobility for all individuals using training techniques and assistive devices. I investigate mobility of healthcare workers, patients, and community members and aim to support individuals throughout the aging process. My research is integrated and successful through collaborations across multiple disciplines and by understanding the individual differences that affect someone’s mobility. A major goal of my research is to investigate mobility in the field (e.g. at a hospital, outside, at home) and not only in laboratory settings. By analyzing an individual’s mobility patterns and needs, we can create solutions that are specific to the individual, are applicable to realistic settings, and can support various phases of an individual’s life.

Health research keywords

Fall prevention, Exercise training. Mobility, Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Movement analysis, Amputees, Spinal Cord Injury, Aging, Adaptive sports

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