McKnight's has named CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan, Ph.D., as one of 40 notable newsmakers. As they celebrate their 40th anniversary, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living are honoring high-profile leaders from the past 40 years.
 
Alwan, who also serves as senior vice president of technology and business strategy at LeadingAge, is a noted researcher and authority on aging-services technologies. Said McKnight's, “Senior living once was considered more high-touch than high-tech. No person has done more to change that perception than Majd Alwan, Ph.D.”
 
Telehealth, wearables, wireless networks, internet connectivity and more are now considered de rigueur parts of senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities, the article continued. “Before Alwan’s arrival, that was hardly the case.”
 
McKnight’s also highlighted Alwan’s work to develop the LeadingAge CAST Strategic IT Planning Tools and the eight Technology Selection Tools that help aging services providers to choose and implement the best technologies for their organization. Alwan “repeatedly has shown that although technology may not have all the answers, it certainly can be a game-changer.”
 
Prior to joining CAST, Alwan served as an assistant professor and the director of the Robotics and Eldercare Technologies Program at the University of Virginia's Medical Automation Research Center. His research interests there included passive functional and health assessment, biomedical instrumentation, medical automation, as well as eldercare and assistive technologies.
 
As a volunteer, Alwan chaired the Funding Aging Services Technologies committee and the Pilots committee for CAST. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and Robotics and Automation Societies, and a member of IEEE-USA’s Medical Technology Policy Committee and the Geriatric Care Workgroup. Alwan also serves on the Alzheimer’s Association’s Work Group on Technology. 
 
Alwan received his Ph.D. in intelligent robotics from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London; a Master’s of Science degree in control engineering with distinction from Bradford University; and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Damascus University.