More effective evaluation of rehabilitation techniques
Ryan North is a Ph.D. student in bioengineering and biomedical engineering and a graduate research assistant at the College of Engineering, where he works in collaboration with the National Primate Research Center in quantifying nonhuman primates’ behavior before and after injury. He plans to use the same methodology in a human population to create a more direct translative method for evaluating rehabilitation techniques between populations. North holds undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering from West Virginia University.
North previously was at George Mason University, where he evaluated the use of gaze training among medical residents with the intent of decreasing their overall training time. He finds California a nice change of pace after living most of his life on the East Coast.
What drew you to the Business Development Fellowship program?
My graduate education has given me the tools and skills to help me create new and further develop existing technologies, but these advances need to be commercially viable so that they can successfully have an impact. I believe the fellowship program will help me develop the necessary business skills so I can make my ideas more viable.
What excites you about growing your entrepreneurial mindset?
The seemingly endless opportunities that arise from combining an engineering background with a business skill set.
What does innovation mean to you?
Creating and developing a technology that is feasible, practical and that addresses a real world problem.