Success in the RESNA Student Design Competition for UBC’s Abilee Kellett and Justin Turner

Abilee Kellet and Justin Turner, MOT2 students, have been selected as Finalists in the RESNA Student Design Competition for their design “ChairStairs”, a wheelchair mounted folding staircase which allows independent chair to floor transfers for manual wheelchair users.

The RESNA Student Design Competition is a multidisciplinary showcase of innovative assistive technology designs created by students in engineering, design, and health related fields at the undergraduate and master level. Each year, six student teams are named Finalists, and receive an all expenses-paid trip to the RESNA Conference to present their designs to a panel of judges and compete for a top 3 spot, and the opportunity for an internship at the Centre for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT). Teams also present at the Developers’ Showcase, a networking event where they can gain feedback on their design and seek interest from relevant industry partners.

Funding for travel expenses and registration is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (USA), while awards are sponsored by the ARM University program, and TREAT. Abilee and Justin’s design was selected from over 75 eligible entries in the 2017 competition.