Design of Devices to Increase Independence

RIAF 2017, RIAF Sessions


Date: February 21, 2017

Description: Dr. Claire Davies describes the interdisciplinary collaborations in the design of assistive devices, identified some overlaps between engineering and health care when working with devices, explored the importance of ensuring the user is paramount in the design process, and reviewed recent design innovations.



Dr. Claire Davies comes from a diverse background having attended Queen’s University for her undergraduate degree, the University of Calgary for her masters and the University of Waterloo for her doctorate. She did a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Auckland before taking an academic role in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, and is now at Queen’s. From an industrial standpoint, for several years she was a rehabilitation engineer for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, developed an industrial biomedical engineering Master’s program with Fisher and Paykel Healthcare in New Zealand, and has acted as an expert witness in the Auckland High Court.