Seattle News Coverage – Quite the buzz!

Our lab’s collaboration with miss Jayna and her family has made quite the buzz within our local news stations! We are very fortunate to work with Jayna and others who are co-designers and partners in the design process, who are dedicated to helping us create devices for not only themselves, but others that will benefit as well.

Jayna Doll is featured on three local news stations as a great drummer and design partner for upper-limb orthoses.

KING5, KOMO, and KIRO news all ran interviews with Jayna, Kat, and Bradley last night. Here are the links, in case you haven’t seen them!


King5 also shared a video on their facebook page.




ME Capstone Project Awarded Grant for Pediatric Medical Device Innovation

UW Mechanical Engineering capstone team‘s project has been awarded a grant to continue the development of a pediatric exoskeleton. The team collaborated with physical therapists at Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop their prototype and entered into the 2016 Target Challenge grant competition.

New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC) and the Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) Award $150K between four  Medical Device Innovator teams.

We are pleased to announce Jessica Zistasis, a member of the capstone team, will join our lab to pursue this project and further its development for her MS.

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Sasha Portnova featured in video – UW Undergraduate Academic Affairs

WDO_Sasha_AcademicAffairs_PicCongratulations to Sasha, a member of our lab who will be graduating this spring. Her work was chosen to be featured by UW’s Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

To watch the video follow this Youtube link or connect on Facebook (filmed and edited by Bryan Nakata).

“At the University of Washington, undergraduates like Sasha Portnova research issues that can impact the world. Portnova, a senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, uses her research to help solve the difficulties individuals with spinal cord injury may face. Growing up in Kazakhstan, Portnova was discouraged from studying engineering, which was viewed as a more typical male subject. After coming to the U.S. and enrolling in the University of Washington, she discovered her passion for engineering and helping others. This passion led her to began working on her project – a wrist assistive device for individuals who have lost hand movement. The 3-D printed device assists in hand movement for an estimated cost of $15. In addition to being cost-effective, the designs will be available online via open source for anyone to print their own. Along the way, she has presented her research to multiple conferences including Posters on the Hill in Washington D.C. After graduating this spring, Portnova’s next steps include obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. She plans to use her passion for research to help others, specifically veterans.” – UW Undergraduate Academic Affairs