Dan Ding, PhD is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Rehabilitation Science and Technology Department, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. She is also a VA Research Biomedical Engineer at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Dr. Ding holds a secondary appointment at Pitt Bioengineering and McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Ding received her PhD in Mechanical and Automation Engineering with a specialization in Robotics, and had 3-year interdisciplinary postdoctoral training in rehabilitation engineering. She has extensive experience and expertise in developing and evaluating technology-based interventions including wearables, internet-of-things, and assistive robotics technologies for supporting health/wellness, independence, and participation of people with complex disabilities.
Fun Tech Fact Questions & Answers:
Q: Mainstream tech device you can’t live without? Why?
A: My iPhone. I need it for work, for fun, for communication, for learning, for planning, for so many things that I cannot list them all here.
Q: What mainstream tech device is at the top of your wish list?
A: I am thinking of buying a smart air purifier.
Q: If you were a mainstream tech device, what would you be, and why?
A: Smartphone. Because it is versatile, its value is well-recognized, and it is constantly improving.