Eric graduated in 2014 with an M.S. in Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences after completing his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Duquesne University.
Jonathan Duvall, MS pathVu co-founder
Jon is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science and Technology in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a graduate student researcher at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. His research has focused on developing assistive technologies for people with disabilities. His Master’s thesis consisted of developing a roughness standard for pedestrian pathways to limit harmful vibrations to wheelchair users. Jonathan was also a founding member of the Students for Disability Advocacy at the University of Pittsburgh and served as President from 2012-2015. Jonathan started pathvu to help to promote safe and comfortable sidewalks for wheelchair users and to help wheelchair users to be able to avoid inaccessible and dangerous environments.
Ian McIntyre, pathVu co-founder
Ian is an undergraduate bioengineer at the University of Pittsburgh. Ian enjoys things that move quickly, cutting-edge technologies, and building productsthat help people. He has designed sustainable scoliosis braces, prototyped wireless healthcare monitoring tools, developed next-generation medical simulators, and helped doctors restore sight to blind children. He is a co-founder of Pitt's DesignHub, a student managed ideation platform, and has supervised over 15 student projects on the path to commercialization. Ian was appointed a University Innovation Fellow to spur collegiate entrepreneurship and innovation in Pittsburgh and beyond. He as worked with Pitt faculty to create a novel freshman engineering curriculum focused on "making" and design thinking, a radical change that is affecting all aspects of engineering education. As an avid runner, Ian started pathVu because he was fed up with tripping over sidewalks during his runs.
Jon Pearlman, PhD -- pathVu co-founder & chair of the Scientific Advisory Board
Jon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology at Pitt. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley and M.S. in mechanical engineering at Cornell University, and completed his PhD work in Rehabilitation Science and Technology with an emphasis on assistive technology design and transfer to developing countries at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tianyang Chen, BS pathVu co-founder.
Tianyang recently completed his BSEE at Pitt and will be starting the Embedded Systems graduate program at University of Pennsylvania. During his co-op at the Human Engineering Research Labs, he was in charge of the electronics design of PathMeT. After joining pathVu, he designed the Android crowdsourcing app for pathVu. While surveying sidewalks in Boston, he tripped on a sidewalk which was seriously elevated by a tree. Even as an avid soccer player and athlete, he could barely avoid the fall. From that point, he made up his mind to contribute to more accessible sidewalks.