For the fourth year in a row TREAT sponsors the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association of North America (RESNA) Student Design Competition.
Garrett Kryt, a fourth-year undergraduate engineering student from British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, Canada, was awarded the “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available” prize in the 2015 RESNA Student Design Competition. His project, “Design of a Hitch Mounted Car Rack for a Handcycle,” solved a problem for a client that owned a customized electric-assist handcycle that did not fit commercially-available racks. Kryt’s design allows a wheelchair user to independently mount and dismount a heavy handcycle without having to lift the full weight of the bike; it also allows the user to access the vehicle’s rear hatch without dismounting from the bike. The design was partially inspired by his own love of cycling.
The prize, sponsored by the Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT), includes a $500 cash prize and access to TREAT educational and commercialization resources, including an internship opportunity at the TREAT facility in Lebanon, NH, to develop the product for market. TREAT is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R24 network of rehabilitation resource centers (# R24HD065703) and is funded through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).
Read More at www.resna.org.