Background: I received my Ph.D. (1992) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1993-2009, I worked under NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering (REC), Rehabilitation Engineering Research (RERC) and Knowledge Translation (KTC) Centers grants as a project-manager, co-investigator, principle-investigator, and co-investigator. From 2008-2014, I was also a clinical-assistant professor in Rehabilitation Science. While at the REC on Technology Evaluation & Transfer and both RERCs on Technology Transfer, I worked with persons with disability (PWD) and other stakeholders to identify design requirements for AT and UD devices; led studies on technology needs of persons with mobility (1999), hearing (2000), communication (2001), and visual (2003) disabilities; led development of “industry profiles” for persons with visual (2003), learning (2006) and mobility (2009) disabilities; studied federally-funded AT device development (2009); developed the ICF-based ATDC, and contributed to the ICF-based ATSM.
My research includes:
1) the Assistive Technology Device Classification (ATDC) and its application to technology (medical, assistive, universal) classification, technology (assistive, universal, ICT-based) design, and public policy; and
2) the Assistive Technology Service Method (ATSM) and its application to cross-disability, inter-disciplinary, trans-contextual service provision that is both ethical and evidence based.
My core interest also spans: public-policy, technology-transfer, knowledge-translation and transaction-spaces, diffusion-of-innovation, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), and other important standards (e.g. ISO9999, ISO26000).
Current Interests: On June 16, 2014 I began a new and exciting career as a Project Officer at the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) with a focus on assistive and universally-designed technologies, and technology-development!