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Jon Pearlman

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Dr. Pearlman, is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology.[1][2] and the Associate Director for Product Innovation & Technology Translation at the Human Research Engineering Lab (HERL)[3].   He has extensive experience in international work and currently serves as the director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)[4][5].

Early life[edit]

Jon was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to California where he lived in the Bay Area and San Diego.  Jon’s career path in rehabilitation technology was strongly influenced by his stepfather, Mike Gardner, who is a wheelchair user and Vietnam Veteran.  

Education[edit]

He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, his masters form Cornell University in 2002 and hid PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Science and Technology[6] in 2007, with an emphasis on assistive technology design and transfer to developing countries.

Career[edit]

Dr. Jon Pearlman has worked as consultant for Cornell University, Whirlwind Wheelchairs International, the World Health Organization, among others[7].

He currently works as Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology[8][9] and has a joint appointment at the Department of Bio-Engineering. He has advised over 40 students in both undergraduate and graduate level. He also serves as the director of the director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals[10][11].

He is member of several committees and organizations such as ASME and RESNA, where he served as chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Assistive Technology For Developing Countries (SIG17). He is a member of ISO 7176 and ANSI/RESNA Wheelchair Standards Committee, and serves as the convener of ISO 7176/SC2/WG1 which covers manual wheelchair standards. Jon is also a member of Wheelchair Advisory Group of the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics was part of the Steering Committee for Market Shaping in AT Sector; a project sponsored by USAID and Led by Boston Consulting Group in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, DFID; and board Member, Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) of Pittsburgh.

Research interests[edit]

Dr. Pearlman's research interests[12][1] are in the areas of participatory action design, assistive technology transfer methods and new product development[13]

He has served as journal and grant reviewer for Assistive Technology (editorial board member), Journal of Orthopedic Research, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. And grant reviewer for Veterans Administration, Paralyzed Veterans of America, VentureWell, Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation, Coulter Program.

He has several publications in peer reviewed journals in areas such as International work, wheelchair design and testing, and professional training. He has also published books and book chapters. He has been invited to talk about Curb-ramp inspection systems[14], and standards related to Wheelchair Provision.

Inventions and Patents[edit]

He has over 10 patents [15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22] and has received funding for more than 40 design and development projects.

Recognition and Awards[edit]

Jon has been recognized with ASEE Best Student Design Award (1995), Rory A Cooper/Dion Johnson Award (2005), Sean and Stephanie Shimada Award (2005, Yasmin Garcia), Best Mentor Award in NSF REU (2012).  Jon’s students have also been recognized extensively including: Sean and Stephanie Shimada Award (2012, 2013 Jonathan Duvall), University of Pittsburgh Innovation Award (2012-2016), RST Thomas J. O’Connor Award (2013, Maria Toro), Rory A Cooper/Dion Johnson Award (2014, Maria Toro), RST Todd Hargroder Award (2014, Maria Toro), University of Pittsburgh’s Selfless Spirit Award (2014, Jonathan Duvall), IGERT Fellowship (2014-2017, Jonathan Duvall), RESNA Emerging Leader Award (2015, Maria Toro), RESNA Student Scientific Paper Winner (2015, Maria Toro), Rory A Cooper/Dion Johnson Award (2015, Jon Duvall), VA Research Week Young Investigator Poster Competition - 1st place (2015, Anand Mhatre), IGERT Fellowship (2016, Joe Ott), Conacyt Fellowship (2016, Yohali Burrola), Pitt Provost Award (2017, Alex Miles), Appointed to the Colombian National Council for Disability (2017, Maria Toro).

Some of his students accomplishes are to win the Goldman Prize for Entrepreneurship in Education (2017, Mahender Mandala) the Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award (2017, Jon Duvall), the Randal Big Idea Competition (2015, Eric Sinagra, Jon Duvall, Tim Chen), and entry into AlphaLab Gear (Eric Sinagra for pathvu.com)

Jon has supported or co-founded Pathway Accessibility Systems, LLC and Nexaware based on technology him and his team have developed and licensed.

References[edit]

  1. "Jonathan Pearlman | School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences | University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences". www.shrs.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  2. "School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences | University of Pittsburgh | University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences". www.shrs.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  3. Webteam, University of Pittsburgh University Marketing Communications. "Human Engineering Research Laboratories | University of Pittsburgh". www.herl.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  4. "ISWP Home | International Society of Wheelchair Professionals". www.wheelchairnet.org. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  5. International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (2015-09-16), Jon Pearlman on ISWP, retrieved 2018-05-25
  6. "School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences | University of Pittsburgh | University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences". www.shrs.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  7. "Linkedin site".
  8. "Jonathan Pearlman | School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences | University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences". www.shrs.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  9. "School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences | University of Pittsburgh | University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences". www.shrs.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  10. "ISWP Home | International Society of Wheelchair Professionals". www.wheelchairnet.org. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  11. "Improving Lives of Wheelchair Users Focus of Federally Funded Pitt Project to Create Global Network". www.upmc.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  12. "Jon Pearlman - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  13. "http://www.herl.pitt.edu/education/postdocs/faculty". www.herl.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-25. External link in |title= (help)
  14. "Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure. Multi-Modal Transportation Research and Implementation".
  15. United States Patent Application: 0080319359 - PORTABLE COMPRESSION DEVICE (20080319359), A1, retrieved 2018-05-25 Unknown parameter |inventor2-first= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor-first= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor2-last= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor-last= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. User adjustable wheelchair backrest mounting hardware, 2010-04-30, retrieved 2018-05-25
  17. United States Patent Application: 0110162905 - STEERING MECHANISM FOR A PERSONAL VEHICLE (20110162905), A1, retrieved 2018-05-25 Unknown parameter |inventor2-first= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor-first= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor2-last= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor-last= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. Splint for treatment of musculoskeletal injury of the hand, 2011-02-22, retrieved 2018-05-25
  19. Personal vehicle, 2007-09-14, retrieved 2018-05-25
  20. United States Patent Application: 0110162166 - MOBILE CASTER (20110162166), A1, retrieved 2018-05-25 Unknown parameter |inventor-last= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor2-first= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor-first= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor2-last= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor3-last= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |inventor3-first= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  21. Seating function monitoring and coaching system, 2015-01-30, retrieved 2018-05-25
  22. PATHWAY MEASUREMENT DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS, 2015-07-16, retrieved 2018-05-25


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