2018 RESNA Student Design Competition

Congratulations to the 2018 RESNA Student Design Competition Finalists!

Six finalists were identified from the more than 40 submissions received. All finalists received  an opportunity to present at the 2018 RESNA conference in Washington, DC. Every member of the finalist teams received a free annual membership to RESNA, which will allow them to continue to network actively with other professionals and participate in RESNA events in the future.


Roger Smith (President, RESNA); Archit Matta (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi); Seong-Hee Yoon (Chair, RESNA Student Design Competition)

First prize was awarded to DEIASO, a smart band for the hearing impaired (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi). As described by the students, “DEIASO identifies alarming sounds and provides non-intrusive alerts enabling the user to react accordingly. The overall vision of the team is that DEIASO can serve as a tool for empowerment of the millions of hearing-impaired people and can bring some positive impact on their lives.”



This year, two teams tied for second prize.

Roger Smith (President, RESNA); Zachary Samalonis (Jefferson University); Seong-Hee Yoon (Chair, RESNA Student Design Competition)

One prize was awarded to GaitMate, a device to mitigate freezing of gait for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (Jefferson University).

GaitMate also was awarded the TREAT prize for “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available”.





Roger Smith (President, RESNA); Seong-Hee Yoon (Chair, RESNA Student Design Competition); Seung Gaan Lee (Inha University); Jin Gu Kang (Inha University)

The other second prize was awarded to BTS – A Computer-aid Diagnosis and Treatment System for BPPV (Inha University).






The three remaining finalists included:

  • “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


Roger Smith (President, RESNA); Xiuxiu Yuan (Georgia Institute of Technology); David McNaughton (RERC on AAC)

In addition to the 2018 RESNA Student Design Competition, The RERC on AAC hold a Student Research and Design Competition. The 2018 competition was designed to stimulate research and development on the topic of access and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

The winner of the 2018 RERC on AAC Student Research and Design Competition was Enabo: A User Specific Assistive Technology “Hand-mounted Switch Control” Design Platform (Georgia Institute of Technology).


RESNA 2019 will be held in Toronto, ON, in July.

*All photos by John Anschutz

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