Amanda Meares is a senior at Cal Poly majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.  Amanda and her teammates are working on the Cooking Arm Multitool Challenge for Jorge Segura, a combat-wounded Marine, and above-the-elbow amputee.  The prosthetic they are designing will allow Jorge to more easily cook and work in the kitchen and perform functions such as chopping, stirring, and prying.

Why did you choose to major in Mechanical Engineering?

I choose mechanical engineering because it allowed me to work within almost any industry since mechanical engineering is extremely versatile.  I wanted a rewarding career that would allow me to solve complex problems and work on exciting projects.  Mechanical engineering allows me to pursue that type of career. 

Describe your experience working with QL+.

Working on a senior project with QL+ is a very exciting prospect.  I am excited to meet with Jorge and really understand what he is looking for and work on a design that can positively impact his life.  Getting the chance to help a veteran adapt to his injuries is extremely rewarding and I’m looking forward to this process.  Designing a prosthetic which can do everything Jorge desires to do will be a big challenge, but my team and I are excited to come up with an innovative design.

What would you say to other students about QL+?

Working with QL+ is an amazing way to give back to your community.  Helping a veteran regain the ability to do something they love through designing a device to assist them is extremely rewarding.  Also, having the opportunity to see how something you design can positively affect how someone lives their life is one of the best feelings in the world. 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I am hoping to work within the aerospace industry.  The aerospace industry is currently tackling some very exciting challenges and I want to be a part of finding the solutions to those problems. Working on projects such as a manned mission to Mars, rockets, and other space missions are extremely exciting and complex problems and I would love the opportunity to work on them. 

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?

I got the opportunity to be part of testing Mars Cube One (MarCO), which is a small satellite which will assist in landing the Insight Mars lander, for JPL during my 3rd year.  Getting to work on such an exciting mission in college was a very rewarding experience. 

What three words best describe you?

diligent, empathetic, adaptable