ORI Loses Long-time Colleague
"Dean was a remarkably creative and innovative thinker and researcher, an engaging colleague, and a valued member of the ORI community for many years. While at ORI, Dean pioneered the use of gaming technology and virtual reality to design programs to improve people’s lives. He developed the use of virtual reality simulations to help children with orthopedic impairment learn to drive motorized wheelchairs. He also investigated the use of computer-generated three-dimensional sound stimulation to teach orientation and mobility skills to children who are blind. Dean's creative and inventive work helped hundreds of children and adults live better lives. ORI will miss his intellect, his wit, and his generous spirit," said ORI Science Director, Carol W. Metlzer, Ph.D.