2018 Student Design Competition Archive

2018 Student Design Competition Archive

RESNA 2018: Arlington, VA

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

  • "DEIASO - A Smart Band for the Hearing Impaired"
    • Archit Matta, Ayush Kumar, Bhavya Kaushik IIT Delhi

Second Place (tie)

  • "GaitMate: A Device to Mitigate Freezing of Gait for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease"
    • Zachary M Samalonis, Jefferson University
    • Winner of the TREAT Award for 2018
  • "BTS - The Computer-aid Diagnosis and Treatment System for BPPV"
    • Jin Gu Kang, Seung Gwan Lee, Inha University


  • "Hearing Phone: Turn your Phone into a Go-anywhere Backup Hearing Aid, Complete with Remote Microphone"
    • Erik Peterson, Texas Tech University     
  • "The Tuck-Away Tray: A Tray for Power Wheelchair Users"
    • Clay Jackson, Jessica Ferree, Ketih Altman, Danny Tan, April Horstman, Elizabeth Hines, The Ohio State Universtiy
  • "Pediatric Stander Motorization Kit"
    • Elizabeth Stegner, Spar Patton, Sean Garbarino, Andrew Kowalczyk, Tom Guerin, Andrew Carter, Ahmed Alzaabi, Khalifa Albishr, Rochester Institute of Technology