Jon Pearlman, PhD: ISWP Director

Jon is Director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). He also serves as Associate Director for Product Innovation & Translation at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology and as Associate Director of Engineering for the Human Research Engineering Lab (HERL). Dr. Pearlman earned his BS and MS in mechanical engineering at the UC Berkeley and Cornell University, respectively. He completed his PhD work in Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on assistive technology design and transfer to developing countries. Dr. Pearlman’s research interests are in the areas of participatory action design, assistive technology transfer methods and new product development.


Mary Goldberg, PhD: ISWP Co-director

Dr. Mary Goldberg serves as the Co-Director of ISWP and leads training and advocacy activities. Dr. Goldberg is Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories and Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. In these roles, she focuses on developing and testing evidence-based  continuing education interventions for rehabilitation professionals.  She currently teaches 4 courses at the University of Pittsburgh and Coursera on disability, rehabilitation, and assistive technology topics. Dr. Goldberg also serves as Co-Director on the US National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive Technology Translation (IMPACT) Center and develops unique educational interventions to increase capacity of researchers worldwide to translate assistive technology products.


Nancy Augustine, MS

Nancy is ISWP project manager, responsible for day-to-day activities for the ISWP initiative. She has over 20 years of experience in association management, marketing and advertising.  Most recently, Nancy was senior vice president, national marketing division, Local Search Association, an international trade association for the local search industry.  She has an M.S.Ed., Business Education and B.S.B.A., Marketing, from Robert Morris University.



Kim Robinson

As of July 2018, Kim took on the position of Assistant to the Department Chair of RST. She also, currently serves as Project Assistant for the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) which launched in February 2015 and handles the day to day activities. Kim joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 working for the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) as a Research Assistant in the Education and Outreach Department.





Megan D’Innocenzo is the Project and Research Coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology. She currently works on several study grants, including International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP), Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive Technology Translation (IMPACT). Megan earned her BS in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and her MS in Health, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease, with a concentration in statistics, from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests are in the areas of in rehabilitation technology, public health, and statistical analysis.


Krithika Kandavel, MS

Krithika Kandavel holds a bachelors in computer science and engineering and received her MS for knowledge management at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She has experiences as a software developer in a public sector in Singapore. Her work at the United Nations ESCAP at New Delhi includes developing a Social Hub for SATNET Asia, a project funded by the European Union. Together with UN CAPSA in Indonesia, she has organized training programs for key stakeholders in South and Southeast Asian countries to facilitate electronic trade in Agriculture.




Anand Mhatre, PhD

Dr. Anand Mhatre is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh working on design and quality of wheelchairs and assistive technology. He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, completed his Masters from North Carolina State University and earned his Bachelors from the University of Mumbai, India. He serves on several committees,  works with ISWP for developing wheelchair standards and testing resources and teaches rehabilitation engineering design classes to graduate and undergraduate students.


Alexandria Miles

Alexandria provides support to the ISWP Training and Advocacy Working Groups. She is a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She received a Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation and Counseling Services from Springfield College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Winston- Salem State University. Alex is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has experience in assisting people with disability enter higher education and pursue gainful employment. She is passionate about providing individuals with disability the appropriate assistive technology and services that diminish barriers, promote accessibility, and strengthen social inclusion worldwide.


Joseph Ott

Joseph Ott is a recent graduate of Robert Morris University. He completed the integrated program for a Masters of Science in Engineering Management and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in just four years. Joseph interns part-time for ISWP as well as working part-time at Fastenal. Furthermore, he is a Senior Mechanic and holds the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves with over five years of service.



Anhue Yohali Burrola Méndez

Anhue Yohali Burrola Méndez is a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and is working with ISWP in the development of the Hybrid Training Course. She was born and raised in Mexico where she obtained a Physical Therapy degree and worked for five years in the clinical and academic fields before moving to the US. She completed a Masters in Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She participated in the Training of Trainers (TOT) delivered at the International Seating Symposium (ISS) in February 2015. Since the TOT, Yohali has co-trained the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training Package (WSTP) Basic level El Salvador and Nicaragua and the WSTP Intermediate Level in the Philippines. Her research interest includes the adaptation and implementation of online education programs for low-income settings. Yohali has recently been awarded with a four-year fellowship from The National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) to develop a wheelchair service training project in Mexico

Satria Ardianuari

Satria Ardianuari is a second-year student in the Rehabilitation Technology Master’s Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his BS in Prosthetics/Orthotics from Mahidol University, Thailand. He is a Fulbright scholar from Indonesia. He is currently working with ISWP on a pilot project focusing on the development of basic skills assessment for manual wheelchair service providers.