Devdas Shetty, professor in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), has received a patent on a wheelchair safety mechanism.
This patent (US 7766342) has been assigned to the University of Hartford jointly with Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Shetty worked with Avital Fast, M.D., of Montefiore Medical Center on this project.
The wheelchair attachment is designed to regulate the movement of the wheelchair as it descends the curb, and prevents the wheelchair from flipping over during such movement. Shetty and Fast had an original approach to solving a problem that consisted of preventing tipping and wheelchair falls in city streets when one runs off the road curb.