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May 17, 2011

Student project honored

three female studentsAs part of a senior design class, Swapna Kumar ’11 (left), Jacy Krystal Bulaon ’11, and Frances Bell ’11, whose project is called DonDoff Solutions, devised a system to help back-surgery patients get into (don) and out of (doff) their back braces throughout the recovery process.

The brace itself has also been modified to include simpler fastening and tightening systems for individuals with limited mobility and dexterity. The team has working prototypes of the system and is preparing for feedback from clinicians and patients.

DonDoff Solutions won third-place honors in the New York State Business Plan Competition and tied for second place in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition at the University. The team is also a finalist in the 2011 RESNA Student Design Competition to be held in Toronto in June. RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, whose goal is help people with disabilities through the application of technology.

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