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Ott will focus on developing next-generation assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities

NASHVILLE, TN – June 25, 2021 – Officials with LUCI announced today that the company has hired Dr. Joseph Ott from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) to serve in the role of research engineer. This key addition to LUCI’s growing team will drive the company’s efforts to provide individuals the health and wellness data they need to monitor and manage their health.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Joseph to the LUCI team,” LUCI CTO and Co-Founder Jered Dean said. “His research at Pitt and his continued commitment to bettering the lives of wheelchair users makes him a perfect fit for our company. I’m confident that our riders and our engineering team will benefit from his joining LUCI.

At Pitt, Ott was Graduate Student Researcher in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Ott is a graduate of Robert Morris University, where he completed the integrated program for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management. While earning his PhD at Pitt, his research included developing, building and calibrating a drum-based testing system for rolling resistance on manual wheelchair rear wheels and casters.

In addition to his research, Ott serves as a Warrant Officer in the United States Army Reserve, coordinating and supervise company maintenance operations for sustainment and mission success.

About LUCI: Based in Nashville, with R&D headquarters in Denver, LUCI was founded by Barry and Jered Dean, brothers who were driven to innovate from personal experience, and committed to creating change for people living with disabilities. LUCI’s industry accolades include TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020, Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New,” a CES Award of 2020, and Mobility Management’s “Smart Technology” Product Award. Learn more at