Georgia Tech assistant professor Maysam Ghovanloo (left) points to a small magnet attached to graduate student Xueliang Huo’s tongue that allows him to operate a computer mouse and powered wheelchair.

Maysam Ghovanloo won Faculty Communicator of the Year honors at the inaugural Gold Tower Awards, held on November 12 at the Wardlaw Center on the Georgia Tech campus.

An assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) since 2007, Dr. Ghovanloo was recognized for his tireless efforts in promoting the Tongue Drive System, an assistive device for severely disabled people which was recently validated through its first clinical trials at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

The Tongue Drive System story has placed in hundreds of media outlets around the globe, and Dr. Ghovanloo and his students have conducted dozens of print, radio, and television interviews about the project. He has received inquiries from individuals all over the world who have read about the Tongue Drive System and who understand the hope that it represents for themselves or their loved ones.

In the event program, it was noted that Dr. Ghovanloo had reached out to people in need of the technology, and the result of his collaboration with the communications staff at Georgia Tech demonstrates the ultimate goal of engineering and technology