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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

New Funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation

Posted on February 28, 2017


New Funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation

Funding for Building and Designing Assistive Technology Lab

Six Queen’s University researchers, including MME’s Dr. Claire Davies, have earned funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund to enhance the infrastructure in their labs.

Dr. Davies, who received $125,000, will use the funding to support her BDAT (Building and Designing Assistive Technology) Laboratory. Her focus is including the end-user as part of the multi-disciplinary team in the design of assistive technology that best meets their needs. "This laboratory environment is designed to provide a comfortable space for end-users, families and caregivers to work with engineers, prosthetists and therapists in designing and testing technologies to meet their own needs," says Dr. Davies. "This is the first laboratory of its kind to combine the concept of “makerspaces” with targeted research around evaluating user access mechanisms and designing assistive technology to meet the needs of individuals." For more information on the funding click here