The Origins of Our Industry-Leading Technology for Clinical Therapy, Driving Research and Driver Training
The STISIM Drive Team takes great pride in being at the forefront of driving simulation technology for clinical therapy, driving research and driver training. It’s a reputation built on over 35 years of innovation and success, but one whose foundation actually reaches much further back, with a very direct connection to an industry that can often be out of this world.
Systems Technology Inc. (STI), makers of STISIM Drive, was founded by two of the most legendary figures in the history of the aerospace industry. After groundbreaking careers at Northrop, Irving L. Ashkenas and Duane T. McRuer established STI in 1957 with a desire to focus on safety, continuing their cutting-edge work in the development of solutions for the new challenges presented by modern aircraft.
“Very few people had as big of an impact on the aerospace industry as Irving and Duane,” said Sanjeev Weerasuriya, CEO of STI. “Their legacy of advancing state-of-the-art technology related to flying is second to none. Their brilliance was at the core of what has made us a company acclaimed for specializing in systems analysis of air, sea and ground vehicles and their related human operator dynamics.”
The P-51 fighter of WWII, the Northrop flying wings and NASA’s Space Shuttle, are just three of many iconic aircraft associated with the genius of Ashkenas and McRuer. To learn more about their pioneering careers, click HERE.
Today, STI is an industry leader in engineering consulting, research, development and simulation applications. Building on their aerospace expertise, they provide engineering services and solutions for complex dynamic systems and the human beings that operate them in the air, on land and sea – from automobiles to industrial controls. Their years of research and consulting successes have also laid the foundation for their own simulation products, including STISIM Drive.
“Our legacy of specializing in the intersection of dynamic systems and human behavior is what has enabled us to develop such a powerful set of tools as STISIM Drive,” said Weerasuriya. “It’s a product that has become the clear leader in driving simulation technology for the sectors we serve, especially within the healthcare industry, where clinical therapists are using it to improve lives and contribute to community safety on a daily basis.”
So far, over 800 organizations have implemented STISIM Drive, including such iconic names as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Stanford Medicine and Penn Medicine. It’s also been cited in over 1,200 research papers and continues to expand its reputation as the go-to driving simulation tool for patient assessment and intervention.
“It greatly expanded my ability to make a difference for my patients,” said Bridget Mathis, an occupational therapist from Austin, Texas. “For the OT, it provides high patient engagement, clinician-focused reports and customizable scenario plans that allow for a deeper level of assessment; while offering administrative teams such benefits as ROI related to usability, trackable hours, increased patient outcomes, clinician retention, prestige and more.”
What’s clear is that STISIM Drive is not some driving simulation video game to accumulate a high score on. Instead, it’s a powerful human assessment tool with decades of engineering excellence, scientific data, and real-life use cases behind it. It’s also a product developed with input from those that utilize it and with a true intent to help those it serves.
STI’s 65-plus years of innovation have certainly made a difference in setting STISIM Drive apart from the competition throughout the history of driving simulation. Click HERE to learn more about its evidence-based driving scenarios that provide valuable insights to patients, clinicians, researchers and training specialists.