MACARTHUR FOUNDATION FELLOWS GRANT
Ralf Hotchkiss, Whirlwind Founder, was named a MacArthur Fellow for his work designing wheelchairs for manufacture and use in developing countries.
TECH AWARD LAUREATE
Whirlwind was a Tech Award Laureate of the San Jose Tech Museum. The Tech Awards honor technology benefitting humanity. To learn more about The Tech Awards, visit their site.
RESNA LEADERSHIP AWARD
RESNA Leadership Award 2010 – The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America presented Whirlwind with their prestigious Leadership Award at their annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY SCHWEITZER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Whirlwind was honored in August to receive the 2011 Chapman University Albert Schweitzer Award For Excellence. The award is given annually to an organization that exemplifies the life of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who was a Nobel Prize-winning philosopher and medical missionary in Africa in the early 20th Century.
PROTO LABS COOL IDEA! AWARD
Proto Labs presented Whirlwind with their Cool Idea! Award in late 2011. The award gave Whirlwind access to Proto Lab’s prototyping and short-run production services. Protolabs created the plastic mudguards for the new model RoughRider.