Ben Berry is a Senior at the University of Dayton.  He is a Mechanical Engineering Major and getting his minor in Human Movement Biomechanics.  Ben is graduating in May 2020.  Ben and his teammates are working on the Power Assist Handcycle Challenge for the Adaptive Cycling Foundation and Challenger, Nick Vogt, an Army Veteran.  Often during uphill stretches of long group rides, a handcyclist is unable to maintain the speed of upright bicyclists.  Ben and his team are working to create a safe method of providing power assistance to a handcycle to eliminate the issues that have arisen from this problem.
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Why did you choose your major?  I decided to major in mechanical engineering because I enjoy problem-solving and have always loved learning how the things around me work.  Mechanical engineering provides me with an opportunity to be a lifelong learner by continually presenting new problems for me to solve.  I also am interested in anatomy.   The ability to directly assist other people with the knowledge gained from my degree, which is why I am minoring in Human Movement Biomechanics.

Describe your experience working with QL+ so far.   Thus far, with QL+, the most rewarding part is knowing that the power assist handcycle we are working on will be appreciated and used by an honorable veteran.  It is a fantastic and unique opportunity to understand that the project will be able to improve the quality of life of the challenger.  The biggest challenge is navigating all the different possibilities for concept designs and choosing just one idea to move forward with.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  QL+ is a fantastic program that provides you with a hands-on project that actually has a significant impact on someone else’s quality of life. It gives a different sense of purpose for the “work” that you do on your project.  QL+ also interacts with its students regularly to provide additional support and resources, which pays dividends in the students’ learning and in their projects.

What are your plans after graduation? My plans after graduation are to (hopefully) work for a company that specializes in the design of external assistive medical devices.
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What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  The proudest moment of my college career thus far is seeing the smiles on the children at the local hospital after modifying powered cars to suit their disabilities. After working on the adaptations for the car’s electrical components and safety features, I was able to help a child with a physical disability have a blast driving around in their new ride.  It was a great feeling to know my work contributed to someone else’s happiness.

What three words best describe you?  Happy, Analytical, & Curious