Students create devices for disabilities

Students majoring in Engineering and Occupational Therapy have collaborated to create devices to meet the needs of individuals with physical challenges as part of the Pfreimer Adaptive Equipment Project (PADEP). They will present their designs in two separate sessions: the first on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, and the second on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, both at 1 p.m. in room 121, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The efforts are a the result of interdisciplinary class projects in Electromechanical Engineering Technology, taught by Dr. Henry Ansell, Assistant Professor of Engineering; Mechanical Engineering, taught by Dr. Rungun Nathan, Associate Professor of Engineering; and Occupational Therapy, taught by David Kresse, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.

On Monday, Dec. 8, student teams will present the following projects:
? double-legged elbow canes
? adapted hair dryer
? key holder
? touch sensor ottoman
? one-handed cutting board
? movable shelf

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the following projects will be presented:
? all-in-one cutting board
? automated shirt folder
? stow-away storage for wheelchair
? automatic trunk closer
? assistive trash can
? one-armed kayak

The annual event, formerly known as Devices for Disabilities, was initiated and is coordinated by Ansell, along with Kresse and Nathan. For more information, contact Ansell via e-mail at [email protected] or Nathan at [email protected], or Kresse at [email protected].