School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
David has extensive experience in the field of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, having worked at Novita Children's Services as a Senior Rehabilitation Engineer for 9 years (2001-2010), with a focus on research and development, technology transfer and national/international Standards Testing of rehabilitation products. David's research interests include Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), mechanisms for inducing neuroplasticity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy (CP), and computer gaming for rehabilitation purposes.
David is passionate about science communication and regularly gives presentations through the "Speakers in Schools" program to highlight the role engineers play within the community. He is also passionate about International Development and through Engineers Without Borders has initiated a series of on-going and sustainable projects in Cambodia since 2004 and served on the National Board from 2004-2007.
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Bachelor of Science (Physics), Flinders University, 1992-1994
Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences) / Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) (Hons I), Flinders University, 1996 - 2000
Executive Diploma in Business Planning, Enterprise Development Institute, 2001
Accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Test Engineer (signatory status) - 2002
1st Prize, The Soft Technology Award, awarded by the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) for 'developments, improvements and innovations in service delivery to Assistive Technology users' (2012)
Finalist, Science Excellence Awards SA, Early Career STEM Educator of the Year, Tertiary Teaching (2012)
3 Minute Thesis (3MT) - Flinders University Winner (2011)
Fulbright Professional Scholarship in FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) and cerebral palsy (2008)
South Australian "Top 50 Rising Stars" list (2007)
ABC-Australian Academy of Science Media Fellowship (2005)
Engineers Australia's "Top 100 Most Influential Engineers", in the 'Young Engineers Top 10 Newcomers' category (2005)
Engineers Australia's "Young Professional Engineer of the Year" Award (2004)
Churchill Fellowship in Rehabilitation Engineering (2003)
The Entrepreneurial Award, a Scholarship to undertake the "South Australian Enterprise Workshop" (2001)
Engineer Australia's "Flinders University" Medal (2000)
Co-Associate Investigator with Dr Pammi Raghavendra and Ms Sonya Murchland (Novita Children's Services), Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant: Making music through movement: The efficacy of the Virtual Music Instrument (VMI) for developing early communicative and play behaviours in children with severe and multiple disabilities. (2008: $48,000 and 2009: $41,000).
Co-Associate Investigator with Dr James Rice (Women's and Children's Hospital), Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant: Electrical stimulation in botulinum toxin A use in children with cerebral palsy: a randomised trial. (2009: $50,000 and 2010: $40,000).
Russo, R., Hobbs, D., Hillier, S. and Reynolds, K., The Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation grant: Assessing the prevalence of tactile sensory agnosia in the hands of children with cerebral palsy. (2012: $45,342).
Hobbs, D., Russo, R., Reynolds, K., and Hillier, S., Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation grant: Can children with cerebral palsy improve their hand sensation using special haptic computer games? A randomised controlled trial. (2013-2014: $65,000).
Member, Society of Medical & Biological Engineering (SMBE): 2001 - present
Member, National Committee on Rehabilitation Engineering (NCRE), through Engineers Australia: 2001 - present
Member and former National Board Member (2004 - 2007), Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia: 2003 - present
Member and former National Board Member (2004 - 2010), Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA): 2001 - present
Member, Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP): 2008 - present
Chair, College of Biomedical Engineers (SA Chapter), through Engineers Australia: 2009 - present
Member, College of Biomedical Engineers National Board, through Engineers Australia: 2009 - present
Chair, Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (SA Chapter): 2010 - present
Member, Fulbright South Australian State Selection Committee: 2010 - present
Technical member, State Government Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Equipment Evaluation Sub-Committee: 2010 - present