July 1991: Birdcage Research Vehicle – Cost approximately $140,000
Secret Toshiba Prototype Portable Computer used for Birdcage studies – Value? Priceless!
Birdcage Co-Designer and Team Science Leader, Alex Sochaniwskyj, P. Eng.
After interviewing a number of candidates in the spring of 1991 for the science component of the MACPOD project to develop a ski boot based on anatomical principles, I chose Alex Sochaniwskyj, P. Eng. as the most qualified candidate and one of the most intelligent and creative persons I have ever had the privilege of meeting.
Alex provided the CV that follows in his letter in support of my nomination for the Gold Medal in the categories of Applied Science and Engineering in the 1995 British Columbia Science & Engineering Awards.
Alex Sochaniwskyj, P. Eng.
Alex is a professional engineer with 12 years of biomedical and rehabilitation engineering research experience in the Human Movement and Motor Functions Research Programmes at the Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The principle aim of these labs is to provide detailed information and objective analysis of movement, dynamics and motor function of persons with various physical disabilities. The information is used to objectively assess the effects of a variety of therapeutic and surgical interventions.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Human Physiology and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto. Most recently, Alex has worked with several companies including ADCOM ELectronics Limited in Toronto, where he was responsible for the design and development of video conferencing and multi-media communication systems, and the Arnott Design Group, where he focused on physiological human factors in product system design, prototyping and testing.
Currently, as a principal at designfarm inc., he consults to design and manufacturing firms on the development of programs to evaluate human physiological, biomechanical, ergonomic and environmental response for product and interface design, and the planning of comprehensive technology implementation strategies for the integration of computing, telecommunication and telepresence technologies. Alex is also a Certified Alias Instructor in the Information Technology Design Centre in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses in computer literacy, three-dimensional design, modelling, simulation and animation.
Alex is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (APEO), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the University of Toronto, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Ethics Review Committee. He is co-author of numerous publications in refereed medical and engineering journals and has produced several video productions regarding biomedical and rehabilitation engineering.
– March 24, 1995
2000 – Novel Pedar In-Shoe pressure technology used by Synergy Sports Performance Consultants – Cost, approximately $60,000 with 2 Sony VAIO laptop computers
2017 – CARV: Cost? Approximately $300 US – See footnote re special price
Birdcage to CARV: “Where have you been? I’ve been waiting 26 years for you. Welcome! The future of skiing has arrived.”