New Winter Quarter 2007 Course Announcement:
E110/210: Perspectives in Assistive Technology

Professor Drew Nelson (Mechanical Engineering)
and David L. Jaffe, MS (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
Winter Quarter, Tuesdays 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Main Quad, History Corner, Lane Hall (Building 200) , Room 030 (basement)

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ME113 Assistive Technology Projects from Spring Quarter, 2006

Page turner

Microcontroller-based prototype page turner to allow a man with ALS, a neuromuscular disorder, to independently read a book.

Standing aid

Device to assist a young male wheelchair user to stand without assistance to urinate.

This new seminar course (offered for 1 or 2 units) will explore issues surrounding the development of assistive technology for people with disabilities. It will consist of weekly one-hour lectures by notable professionals, clinicians, and people with disabilities. Lectures are open to the Stanford community and all interested parties.

Students wishing to participate in a project will submit a few short team-based assignments and participate in weekly team meetings that will serve as preliminary work for ME113 projects in the Spring Quarter.

In E110/210, you will:
  • Learn about issues facing entrepreneurs, clinicians, and individuals with disabilities in the design and use of assistive technology

  • Meet users of assistive technology, coaches, and project partners

  • Participate in a comprehensive design experience that includes needs-finding, project identification (E110/210), prototyping, user testing, and iterative design (ME113)

  • Use your engineering and design skills to help people with disabilities increase their independence and improve their quality of life

The course is 1 unit for lectures only or 2 units for lectures and project work. For more information, please contact Professor Drew Nelson (

Winter Quarter 2010 Website
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Updated 09/16/2009