Amy Wilson is a Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering student graduating in June of 2019.  Amy and her teammates are working on the Cooking Arm Multitool Challenge.  Their challenge is to design and build a tool that will enable Jorge, a combat-wounded Marine, above-the-elbow amputee, and stay-at-home dad, to cook for his family.  He primarily needs a device that will help him hold bowls and pots in place while stirring, as well as grip jars to open them with his dominant hand.

Why did you choose to major in Mechanical engineering?

I chose to go into mechanical engineering with the intent of working in the biomedical field.  I’ve been interested in medical devices since my dad got his hip replaced when I was in middle school, and I’ve always enjoyed learning how things work, so mechanical engineering seemed like a great fit.

<Describe your experience working with QL+.

I worked with the QL+ Student Association on campus last year to make a tricycle for a local boy named Sam, who has cerebral palsy.  The biggest challenge in that project was ensuring the accessibility of the tricycle since Sam’s physical limitations continued to change the geometry of the tricycle.  But the most rewarding part, by far, was being able to help give Sam a little more mobility and independence. 

On this project, the biggest challenge so far has been coordinating with our Challenger to determine what type of device he needs.  But, being involved with a project that will directly impact a person’s life is by far the most rewarding part of this project.

What would you say to other students about QL+?

I would tell other students to get involved!  The QL+ Student Association is growing across the nation and provides a great introduction to the national organization.  If there isn’t a local QL+ satellite in your area, make it happen!

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to work in the biomedical field immediately after graduation, preferably in the Bay Area.  After a few years in the workforce, I may go back to graduate school to develop more specific skills.

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?

Getting an "A" in Thermodynamics 2 with Professor Locascio.

What three words best describe you?

Empathetic, Analytical, Honest