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RESNA selects Einstein as winner of student scientific paper competition

Graduate student Noah Einstein aims to innovate with a purpose toward accessibility. The mechanical engineering graduate student’s scientific paper on wheelchair propulsion data was selected as one of four winning student submissions for the RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) 2019 Annual Conference.

Photo of Noah Einstein and other co-authors in front of their Power Point slide showEinstein, second from left, with co-presenters at the conference.Entitled “SmartHub: Manual Wheelchair Data Extraction and Processing Device”, Einstein’s research focuses on extracting propulsion data from manual wheelchair users. Utilizing such data results in opportunities to reduce upper body injuries and allows users and clinicians to have a broader understanding of wheelchair utilization outside of the clinic. He is advised by Sandra Metzler.

The recognition earned the master’s student the opportunity to present his paper in a conference platform section.

“After presenting at and attending RESNA, I was so pleased to notice all of the significant collaboration between health care and engineering,” commented Einstein. “This conference and the research from so many different institutions really shows that we are in an exciting time—where new technology has the ability to not only drastically improve lives, but also prevent injuries.”

Additionally, he received free conference registration and accommodation, a one-year RESNA student membership and the publication of his paper on the RESNA website.

The project was also recognized at The Ohio State University’s 33rd annual Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

RESNA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. Their goal is to maximize the health and well-being of people with disabilities through technology.