Challenge:  Service Dog Ramp
Challenger:  Peter Way, Army Veteran
University Partner:  California Polytechnic State University, SLO
Student Team: Matthew Lundgren, Adam Mayeda, Dallas Rocha, and Ariel Tolentino
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Brian P. Self
QL+ Program Manager: Vanessa Salas
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Project Summary:

A retired Army Veteran was injured in 2003 by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Due to the shrapnel and dirt, he suffered multiple infections and endured 24 surgeries. In 2015, he elected to undergo a right leg, above-the-knee amputation. He utilizes a service dog, Rory, who accompanies him in his 2019 Toyota Tacoma (crew cab with short bed) truck. Rory is a 7-year-old, specialty-trained service dog, and needs a ramp to get in and out of the truck. Our Challenger has been unable to find a suitable commercial ramp. The ramp he needs must not be too steep for Rory or the truck; it must be able to fit in the truck without too many adjustments; and, it must take up minimal space in the truck.