This fall, the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis hosted an international researcher through the NGI Explorers Program, which supports European researchers to travel to the United States to work on innovative projects.

Franziska Kirstein, with Blue Ocean Robotics, came to St. Louis to present a prototype of the Patient Transfer Rehabilitation Robot to faculty and researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering and School of Medicine. The robot, which is similar to a smart lift, aims to help health care professionals care for patients with mobility issues.

Kirstein was sponsored through NGI Explorers by Bruno Sinopoli, Das Family Distinguished Professor and chair of the department.