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NC State Student Innovation Team Receives PDMA Award for Fluency Assistant - featured April 28, 2011

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Editor's Note: This article details the award won by NC State SLP students for their research on a new high tech fluency device that NC State is developing. PediaStaff featured this research and requested that our readership participate in the survey portion of their work.

Thank You to everyone of our PediaStaff friends that participated in this research. Ty tells me that PediaStaff referrals accounted for 17 completed surveys!


April 28, 2011 (Durham, NC)—A cross-functional team of graduate students at North Carolina State University recently received an award for their achievement in product design in the field of medical devices.

The Carolinas chapter of the Product Development and Management Association awarded the NC State team as the winner of its graduate product design and development competition at its annual Innovate Carolina conference on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on April 15, 2011. The award’s sponsor, Charlotte-based innovation firm Enventys, presented the team with a product development services package valued at $8,000.

The team, representing NC State’s Product Innovation Lab, developed a product called the Fluency Assistant, a portable and unobtrusive medical device that utilizes speech recognition technology to track the improvement of stuttering patterns using tools taught by Speech-Language Pathologists. The Fluency Assistant development group consisted of six students. Victor Conner, undergraduate student and Sean Jalleh, graduate student, are both in the school’s industrial design program. Caesar Qin represents the school’s graduate program in industrial engineering. Ben Furr, Phil Pearson, and Ty Hagler were all students the Jenkins Graduate School of Management’s master of business administration program.

“I am so proud of our team for taking first prize at the PDMA competition,” stated Hagler, principal at Durham, NC innovation management firm Trig Innovation. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of talented people—it represents the power of bringing together teams from diverse backgrounds to collaborate on the complex problems of developing a marketable new product.“

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