More Campus News
- Celebrate Martin Luther King's Legacy on Jan. 20
- Wear Green Ribbons Friday to Honor Sandy Hook Victims
- WELFund Welcomes New Team Members
- ENHP Rehabilitation Science Students to Present Research Projects Friday
Engineering Applications Center Wins Award
The award plaque was presented to CETA Professor Devdas Shetty, dean of research and director of the Engineering Applications Center, and Research Engineer Claudio Campana at the 18th Annual Conference on Quality and Innovation in Westbrook, Conn.
The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) is the country’s first state-level quality award. It was founded in 1987 utilizing the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award performance criteria in an effort to advance innovative programs that improve quality, performance, and marketplace competitiveness in Connecticut.
The award that was presented to the Engineering Applications Center recognizes innovation. The Ambulatory Suspension System for Rehabilitation, developed by the Engineering Applications Center, was identified by the CQIA Partnership as a key innovation.
The ambulatory suspension system enables patients undergoing physical rehabilitation to walk, climb stairs, and exercise without the risk of falling. The computerized device is designed to be adjustable, support the weight of the user, allow unimpaired walking, and prevent sudden falls. Slips and falls remain one of the leading losses in worker compensation claims in the U.S. and worldwide.
The Engineering Applications Center built the first prototype of this system at the university. A second unit is currently being researched for installation at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.