American alpine ski racer and four-time Paralympic Games medalist Chris Devlin-Young is visiting Lehigh on November 2 to discuss his experience as well as technical aspects of designing and use of monoskis for international-level competition. The November 2 seminar will begin at 4:10p.m. in 466 Packard Lab, and is open to the Lehigh campus community as well as the general public.
Devlin-Young was paralyzed in a plane crash while serving with the Alaska Coast Guard in 1982. He began skiing four years after the accident, and four years later was a recognized force on two skis at the 1990 Disabled Skiing World Championships. In the mid-Nineties, he took a brief hiatus from the competitive circuit -- returning in 1997 as a world-class monoskier.The seminar is being organized by Professor Joachim Grenestedt and hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics. Grenestedt explores the usage of composite materials for a wide variety of applications. Among other fast-moving engineering accomplishments, Grenestedt has designed monoskis and advanced outdoor equipment for physically disabled individuals and athletes.