IPaT Star Award Recognizes West and Zeagler

IPaT Star Award Recognizes West and Zeagler

Alyson Powell
December 15, 2015
Twice a year, we recognize members of the IPaT community who have made significant achievements contributing to the fulfillment of the mission of IPaT and of Georgia Tech. The latest IPaT Star awardees are Leanne West, Georgia Tech's Chief Engineer for Pediatric Technologies, and Clint Zeagler, Research Scientist with the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC).

Zeagler has been instrumental in the development and promotion of Georgia Tech's Wearable Computing Center. He and School of Interactive Computing professor Thad Starner curated a traveling wearable computing exhibition, Meeting the Challenge: The Path Towards a Consumer Wearable Computer. It was displayed at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California and other locations around the world, and experienced by thousands, including heads of state. Zeagler also co-authored a companion e-book which includes a collection of interviews from experts in the field of wearable computing. These efforts brought a lot of publicity to the Wearable Computing Center.

Zeagler also conceived, planned and organized the annual Wearable Computing Center Forum, which attracted hundreds of attendees this year.

West was nominated, in part, for her efforts in working closely with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She leads the Quick Wins program, a partnership between Georgia Tech and Children's which focuses on grand challenges, such as pediatric device innovation, with a turnaround time of 18 months or less. The partnership has generated several projects, including the iEAT app for pediatric feeding disorders, and the Talk With Me Baby app, which encourages parents to talk with the children at an early age.

West also manages the partnership between Georgia Tech and the Centers for Disease Control, alongside Managing Director of Health Research Partnerships Sherry Farrugia. West has organized workshops and symposiums that have fostered greater collaborations between these research communities.
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Clint Zeagler introducing panel at 2015 Wearable Computing Center Forum
Leanne West

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