QL+ Student Chapter at Virginia Tech

Quality of Life Plus Student Chapter at Virginia Tech

Executive Board:

Name: Bhumanyu Singh, President
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Mechanical Engineering interested in serving the community through biomedical devices.

Name: Andrew Chalfant, Vice-President
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Junior
Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Engineering to design medical devices.

Name: Nicholas Grilli, Treasurer
Major: Biological Systems Engineering
Year: Junior
Biological and Biomedical engineering with a focus on studying translation diseases and medical devices. 

Name: Jake Wild, Secretary
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Biomedical Engineering hoping to focus on Tissue Engineering to improve medical treatments.

Name: Katie Schnell, Director of Public Relations
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Materials Science and Biomedical engineering with a focus on making medical devices for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Mission Statement:

To improve the quality of life of community members and those who have served through innovation in prostheses, medical devices, and assistive technologies.


Adaptive Tri Bike: Over three years ago, Denise Toderico was severely injured in a traumatic accident while running. A vehicle traveling over 60 MPH struck her from behind. She has made significant progress in her recovery but is still unable to use her right arm. She is passionate about physical fitness and remaining active. Before the accident, she was a competitive triathlete and has decided to pursue this sport again. She requests adaptations to her triathlon bike so that she can safely shift and brake with her left hand and so that she can hold her right arm in position while she rides.

Back in the Saddle: The Mayor of Blacksburg, Virginia, David Clark, would like to start cycling again. Mayor Clark suffered an injury that left him with a lot of play in the knee joint and working everyday ground the nerve bundle up on the side of the knee, so he no longer has control of his lower quads, lower hamstrings, and part of his calf muscles. His leg operates very much like a prosthetic leg in that as long as it's locked straight and under him it will hold him up, but when the knee bends nothing catches it. For this reason, he relies on a cane for stability and safe mobility.  When it comes to cycling, the problem is not balance so much as it is stopping. When he stops and plants his injured leg, it collapses immediately. The challenge is to create a device or adapt his bike to allow him to cycle safely.

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