PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE
-------------------------------------------------        
                                

Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer
US Dept of Veterans Affairs, McGuire Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia, 2/2011 – Present

  • Leadership experience
    • Implemented on-site 3D printing & design services into the clinical rehabilitation environment
    • Creating VA & DoD national collaboration network of 3D printing users in healthcare
    • Serving as ambassador for VA Pulse collaboration software initiative
    • Serving on planning committee for development of VA Innovation Creation Series
    • Presenting at national conferences on Dept of Veterans Affairs assistive technology efforts  
  • Instrumental in the development of an assistive technology program for a large medical center
  • Provide customized assistive technology services to rehabilitation clinicians and their patients in mobility, computer access, alternative communication, environmental control, cognitive aids, adaptive sports and driving
  • Seek out and introduce new assistive technology to rehabilitation clinicians
  • Responsible for Assistive Technology program web presence, IT support, and purchasing
  • Write quarterly articles for McGuire Assistive Technology program newsletter
  • Develop and present on-going education to medical staff about assistive technology

Product Development Engineer Intern
Tecnalia, San Sebastian, SPAIN, 5/2008-7/2008

  • Contributed mechanical and electrical design to a custom power wheelchair controller project
  • Provided software development guidance to engineers on custom power wheelchair controller project

Graduate Student Researcher
Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 8/2007 – 12/2010

  • Conducted focus groups with power wheelchair users about outdoor driving hazards and analyzed results
  • Contributed mechanical & electrical design to a custom power wheelchair controller to address outdoor driving hazards
  • Designed, built, and maintained the control system of a prototype mobility and manipulation assistive device for people with disabilities, as part of a multidisciplinary team  

Mechanical Design Drafter
AG Stacker Inc,Weyers Cave, Virginia, 2/2003 – 8/2004

  • Created mechanical drawings for parts to be fabricated in consultation with the fabricators 

Engineering Associate
US Joiner LLC, Crozet, Virginia, 5/2001 – 1/2003

  • Provided detailed descriptions of items in ship accommodation spaces for purchase orders

Mechanical Design Drafter
McKee Foods Corporation, Stuarts Draft, Virginia, 8/2000 – 1/2001

  • Created mechanical drawings of parts through reverse engineering for use in production equipment

INVITED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
------------------------------------------------------------       
                                 

  • Veterans Affairs Conference (Technology in Rehabilitation “A Hands on Course in Assistive Technology), Tampa, Florida, Creating Assistive Technology in the Clinic With 3D Printing, November 2014
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Korea Annual Conference, Incheon, South Korea, Creating Assistive Technology in the Clinic With 3D Printing, November 2014
  • Daegu University, Daegu, South Korea, Creating Assistive Technology in the Clinic With 3D Printing, November 2014
  • Dong Eui University, Busan, South Korea, Creating Assistive Technology in the Clinic With 3D Printing, November 2014
  • Veterans Affairs National Assistive Technology webinar, Assistive Technology Integration: Finding the Right Mix, December 2014
  • Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Grand Rounds webinar, Rehabilitation Engineering, January 2015

ACADEMIC  EXPERIENCE
-------------------------------------------            
                                                                           

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia, 2011-Present
Affiliate Assistant Professor Appointment, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • Mentored 4 occupational therapy MS students for a semester project exploring uses of 3D printing in rehabilitation therapy  (Spring 2015)

Publications, Intellectual Property and Conference Presentations

  • US Patent # US8376463 B2 “Adjustable Backrest Hardware for a Rigid Backrest System for Manual Wheelchairs”  Awarded 2013
  • 8  Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Coauthor)
  • 13  Conference Proceedings and Poster Presentations (Coauthor)
  • 2 Conference Presentations (non-scientific)

EDUCATION
-------------------------
                                                   

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2011
Master of Science: Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Thesis Title: “Outdoor Electric Powered Wheelchair Driving: User Needs Evaluation and the Development of an Advanced Controller”

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 2006
Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering Technology; 
Minor: Project Management

PROFESSIONAL  MEMBERSHIPS  &  CERTIFICATIONS
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------     
                        

  • Member of Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA)
    • Co-Chair of the International Special Interest Group
  • Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Certified
  • Engineer In Training (EIT) Certified