Technology Innovations for People with Disabilities: A program to develop impactful technologies and teach students the fundamentals of entrepreneurship
TIPeD, a program funded by NCIIA, serves as a model program to enhance assistive technology innovation through product development teams. The goals of TIPeD are to develop cross-disciplinary teams (engineering, business, law, rehab) to create products to improve the lives of people with disabilities, develop promising business plans, secure pilot funding to launch ventures, and improve the quality and increase the quantity of impactful technologies to support the social integration and independence of people with disabilities. The output of the projects are Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) proposals, which position teams to develop start-ups to commercialize the products. In the first year of the program, twelve students worked on four teams, resulting in four draft SBIR proposals. Student assessments reveal that the product development team mechanism is an effective way to teach students about the principles of participatory action design, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship.
Mary Goldberg is an Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the Human Engineering Research Labs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests are related to experiential learning as a way to excite students about engineering, innovation, and advanced studies in these areas. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Administration and Policy Studies of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as a Co-PI on TIPeD, a program... Read More →
Jonathan Pearlman is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the Human Engineering Research Labs at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Pearlman\'s interests include participatory action design, product development, and technology transfer. He has served as an instructor in these areas and has patents and grants related to the area of assistive technology. He serves as Co-PI on TIPeD, a program designed to create product development teams whose efforts... Read More →
Thursday March 22, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm
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