2017 Student Design Competition Archive

2017 Student Design Competition Archive

RESNA 2017: New Orleans, LA

This RESNA Student Design Competition site mirrors the information: here.

The site is a joint project of RESNA and the RERC on AAC. It contains student presentations that were accepted to RESNA conferences from 2010 to present. It also provides information for upcoming competitions. RESNA 2018 will be held in Washington, DC.

Six semi-finalist teams won an all-expense paid trip for two team members to the RESNA Annual Conference. At the conference, students had the opportunity to present their designs, meet with developers, and network with assistive technology professionals. Every member of the semi-finalist teams received a free annual membership to RESNA (a $150 value), which enabled them to continue to network actively with other professionals and participate in RESNA events.

Also, in addition to the 6 awards described above, The Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)partnered with RESNA to offer an award, “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available,” to one of five finalists in the annual RESNA Student Design Competition. The award comes with a $500 cash prize to the winning team and an invitation for one team member to spend 3 weeks at the TREAT facilities in Lebanon, NH working with TREAT staff and resources to further develop the winning design and move it towards commercialization.

First Place (and 2017 TREAT Prize Winner)

  • "tÜthbrush: the U-shaped toothbrush"
    • Zoé Lauters, Steven Erickson, Dylan DeBerardine, Justin Deithorn, Fernando Baez, Carlos Gonzalez, Jon Carlos Brezina, University of Central Florida

Second Place

  • "ChairStairs: AT Device for Wheelchair-to-Ground Transfers" 
    • Abilee Kellett & Justin Turner (University of British Columbia), University of British Columbia

Third Place

  • "Evaluation Software for Computer Application Methods"
    • Robert Gobao, Kevin Brennan, Jacob Colega, Cody Dapper, James Nixon, Trevor Reed, Phil Mongiat, Pennsylvania State University


  • "FLICO: Upper Limb Exercise Device for Home Rehabilitation" 
    • Won-Hoe Gu, Hong-joong Jeong, Ye-Rin Cha, Youn-Kyung Kang, Min-sung Lee, Jung-Yeon Kim, Soon Chun Hyang University
  • "Plugs for Molly" 
    • Ryan O’Rourke, Anna Gurevich, Jon Pedersen, Stanford University
  • "Single Switch Technology for Teaching Adolescents to Scan" 
    • Eric Kilmer, James Udischas, Katelyn McGee, Meghan Reige, Pennsylvania State University
  • "Adjustable Grab Bar: A Height Adjustable Grab bar Using a Hand Crank" 
    • Bradley Zakaib, Colin Goodman, Kristyn Zoschke, Queen’s University
  • ​"AXIS: Portable Folding Wheelchair Transfer Board" 
    • Sherrie Yang, Elliott Davis, Bogdan Dimitriu, Mary Boyajian, CalTech & Art Centre College of Design