Engineering Project wins Intertrade Ireland Fusion programme award
Innovative walking aid device scoops award for Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering staff
10 October 2011
A collaborative project was the winner of the inaugural Intertrade Ireland FUSION Programme award for Best Project out of a total of over 60 projects. This project was coordinated within Trinity by three staff members of the School of Engineering: Dr. Ciaran Simms (a PI in the Centre for Bioengineering), Dr. Gareth Bennett and Dr. Garrett O'Donnell.
The project, which was in collaboration with the Northern Ireland based medical equipment company Moorings Mediquip, resulted in an innovative walking aid known as the Buddy Roamer™, which helps children with cerebral palsy take their first and perhaps only steps. This product is now on the market and has been very successful with sales in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Australia. More information on the design can be viewed at http://www.buddyroamer.com/. Earlier this year, the project was also nominated for one of the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2011.