RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. Their annual conference was held July 11-15, 2018 in Arlington, VA.
- TREAT was honored to receive a 2018 RESNA Leadership Award for “significant contributions to the advancement of the field of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering and who have provided recognition and support of RESNA.” TREAT Co-Director Richard Greenwald, PhD was present at the July 14th awards luncheon to receive the honor. Congratulations to the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) at the University at Buffalo which was also a recipient.
- A team from Jefferson University won the $500 TREAT prize for the “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available” at the 2018 RESNA Student Design Competition as well as second place overall. Abigail Balster, an Occupational Therapy masters student, and Jessica Monteleone and Zachary Samalonis, both undergraduates studying Industrial Design, developed GaitMate, a device designed to aid people with Parkinson’s Disease during moments of Freezing of Gait (FOG), an unpredictable symptom of the disease that can lead to falls and other complications.
- Congratulations to former TREAT Intern (and 2012 winner of the TREAT Prize for the “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available”) Seong-Hee Yoon who received a 2018 Emerging Leader Award, recognizing “new members who have made significant contributions, provided leadership, and have made an impact to RESNA during their first several years of participation.” Yoon, through her company Braillebot, LLC has successfully brought to market her product Brailleblox, a set of musical educational Braille alphabet blocks. Ms. Yoon prototyped her innovation during her time with TREAT.
- Garrett Kryt, former TREAT Intern (and 2015 winner of the TREAT Prize for the “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available”) was one of four winners of the RESNA Student Scientific Paper Competition. Kryt’s paper was titled “Benchmarking of power-assist wheelchair systems”. He is currently a Masters student in Mechatronics Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
- Therese Willkomm, PhD, ATP, Director of ATinNH at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire won the RESNA Fellow Award. This award recognizes “members who have made long term and substantial contributions to the field of rehabilitation and assistive technology as well as significant contributions to RESNA.” Congratulations!