Register Now: 2019 High School Design Challenge Finals Event

Event Dates and Location

The Design Challenge Finals will take place April 8-10, 2019, at the Westin Crystal City. The following events are open to the public:

  • Welcome Reception on April 9, 2019, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Ballroom.
  • Finals Competition and Awards Ceremony on April 10, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. in Jefferson Ballroom.

Event Registration

Register for the 2019 High School Design Challenge Finals Event.

Please pick up your Finals Event badge at SourceAmerica's registration table on site.

Hotel and Transportation

Westin Crystal City
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Hotel Information
Book your group rate for 2019 Design Challenge
$234/night plus taxes and fees

Self-parking and Valet parking ($25 - 40 per day)

Area Airports

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Ground Transportation

The Westin Crystal City is a 5-minute drive from Reagan National Airport, a 50-minute drive from Dulles International Airport and 90-minute drive from Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

The Westin Crystal City has a complimentary shuttle service. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes.

  • From the hotel: first departure is 5:00 a.m.; last departure, 11:30 p.m.
  • From the airport: first departure is 5:15 a.m.; last departure, 11:45 p.m.

The Westin Crystal City Shuttle, which is a white van, makes stops at Reagan National Airport (DCA) at Terminal A, Terminal B - Door 5 and Terminal C - Door 9.

The Westin Crystal City is also within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro Stop.


For general inquiries or questions, contact Charissa Garcia, Design Challenge program manager, at 703-584-3940.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Willkomm is currently the Director of the New Hampshire Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the Institute on Disability and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. In addition, Dr. Willkomm is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology Program and the coordinator of the Disability Studies Minor. She has been engaged in providing/managing assistive technology services for over 28 years in the areas of home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities. She is known nationally and internationally as "The MacGyver of Assistive Technology" and for her work in rural rehabilitation technology. Dr. Willkomm has presented in 38 states, five foreign counties, and three U.S. territories and authored 22 publications including her most recent book titled "Make A Difference Today – Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes."


Georgina (Gigi) Dottin
Gigi Dottin is the Program Manager of Rehabilitation Engineering at National Industries for the Blind. She leads the team that supports the associated agencies improving the overall productivity of people who are blind. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Marketing. Gigi has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry working for companies such as Caterpillar, Eaton and Motorola.

Tizoc S. Loza
Tizoc S. Loza is the Corporate Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs for Northrop Grumman Corporation. His responsibilities include direction and management, as well as corporate-wide oversight, of the Mentor-Protégé, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), AbilityOne and Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Hispanic Serving Institutions/Tribal Colleges and Universities (HBCU/HSI/TCU’s) Programs. Mr. Loza is responsible for the review and implementation of corporate strategies concerning small business initiatives. He also works with the sectors to implement processes that enable each sector to collaborate and develop partnerships with small businesses that have innovative technologies that can be incorporated into government platforms.

Paul Nishman
Paul Nishman is a rehabilitation engineer for SourceAmerica. He has held various engineering positions since 1978. Nishman currently works with SourceAmerica-affiliated nonprofit agencies and their employees to make jobs more accessible and productive for people with disabilities. He focuses on the use of mobile technology to direct and redirect people with cognitive issues in their jobs. Nishman has a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Bill Rouse
Dr. William "Bill" Rouse is a researcher, educator, author and entrepreneur. His current positions include Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair in Economics of Engineering in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also directs the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises at Stevens. Rouse received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a master’s and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kevin Ryan
For more than a decade, Kevin Ryan has worked as a rehabilitation engineer for SourceAmerica, where he helps people with disabilities succeed in the workplace. Prior to joining SourceAmerica, Ryan spent 20 years as an engineer and program manager for IBM and Micron Semiconductor. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.

Mike Ryan
Mike Ryan is a rehabilitation engineer for SourceAmerica. He has an extensive background in rehabilitation and mobility consulting. He graduated with high honors from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering. He held several managerial and technical positions at IBM, including production control, systems engineer, finance, business operations, global delivery services, human resources and mobility project manager. Ryan worked as a rehabilitation engineer for National Industries for the Blind for four years before joining SourceAmerica in 2016.

Casmir (Cas) Usiatynski
Cas Usiatynski joined SourceAmerica in 2016 and is the Director of Productivity Engineering and Innovation. Having over 20 years of experience putting people who are blind and/or have significant disabilities to work, his previous positions have included Program Manager of Rehabilitation Engineering at National Industries for the Blind (7 years) and Director of Engineering and Special Services at a New York NPA (15 years). Cas loves to lead innovation projects and is highly effective at increasing productivity while maximizing a person’s work potential through various accommodations and training.