Winter Quarter 2012

 Perspectives in Assistive Technology 

David L. Jaffe, MS and Professor Drew Nelson
Tuesdays & Thursdays   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Building 530 - Classroom 127

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Student Project Resource People

Student project resource people are individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds who have agreed to assist students with their projects. Specific expertises include mechanical engineering, occupational therapy, medical devices, assistive technology devices, and prosthetics / orthotics.

photo of Debbie Kenney
Deborah E. Kenney, MS, OTR/L
kenney5 -at-
Deborah Kenney has been an occupational therapist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System for the last 17 years - working both in the clinic and at the VA Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Center where she has collaborated on numerous design and research projects with the engineers and graduate students. Her work has included testing and integrating technology into the rehabilitation setting in the areas of Parkinson's Disease, CVA (stroke), Spinal Cord Injury, hand therapy, and balance as related to aging. Ms. Kenney currently splits her time between her clinical work with post-stroke survivors (REACH) and the RR&D Center. She is also a frequent guest lecturer with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Santa Clara.
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Douglas F. Schwandt, MS
doug.schwandt -at-
Doug Schwandt began his career in Rehabilitation Engineering with a Stanford ME210 (now ME310) design project, on a student team creating the Handbike, the first arm-powered two-wheeled bicycle for lower-limb disabled. After graduation, he continued the Handbike development, and went on to design various other devices for the disabled with the Design Development team at the Palo Alto VA Rehab R&D Center, including finger-spelling hands, hyper/hypo gravity devices and specialty cycle ergometers. Over the years, Doug has also consulted on various exciting and challenging projects outside of the VA, including exercise concepts for long-term space travel, MRI compatible fixtures and mobility devices, and robots for physical therapy. No longer a VA employee, Doug continues to work as a consultant to universities and companies as a free-lance consulting design engineer, and part-time as a springboard diving coach.
photo of Sakti Srivastava
Sakti Srivastava, MBBS, MS
sakti -at-
Dr. Srivastava trained in India and the UK as an Orthopedic & Hand surgeon and has been involved in the teaching of Anatomy and Basic Surgery for many years. In particular he has taught medical students, paramedical students, residents, undergraduates, and engineering students in the Division of Anatomy at Stanford School of Medicine for the last five years. He has also been involved in teaching activities in the Division of Hand Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine. He is the instructor for ME294, Medical Device Design.
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Mark Felling, EE, MBA
mark -at-
612/851-1040 ext 101
Mark began designing and inventing solutions both for himself and others soon after his plane crash in 2003 using his engineering background and experience teaching testing and quality to development groups at high-tech companies around the world. Guided by an intimate understanding of the unique needs of wheelchair users with upper extremity limitations as a C5 quadriplegic himself, Mark created Broadened Horizons to introduce solutions focusing on innovative simplicity to maximize cost efficiency, compatibility, reliability, and ease of use. Mark and Broadened Horizons can also be found on Facebook.
photo of Gary M. Berke
Gary M. Berke, MS, CP, FAAOP
gmberke -at-
Gary M.Berke is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor and Director of Prosthetics in Stanford's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and owner of Gary M. Berke Prosthetics / Orthotics in Redwood City. He has worked and lectured nationally and internationally on prosthetic care and has multiple publications. He has a keen interest in investigating cost effective technologies for enhancement of the lives of those required to use prostheses and orthoses daily while reducing the cost of prothetic and orthotic care in the future.

Updated 01/06/2012

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