Brittany Hesson is a Mechanical Engineering major at Ohio University, graduating in May, 2020.  Brittany and her teammates are working on the Surf Transfer Challenge for Army Veteran, Rosemary Salak.  Rosemary is an amputee--her left leg is amputated above the knee.  She is very active and enjoys the outdoors.  She loves going to the beach but has issues getting into the water without assistance.  She goes to the beach frequently but feels like a burden when asking her friends to help her get into and out of the water. She only swims when it is suggested by someone else.  The Challenge is to design and build a device to help her get into the water without assistance so she can swim when she pleases.

Why did you choose your major?  I chose my major because I like challenging problems and working hard. I hope to use these skills to make a difference in other peoples lives.
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Describe your experience working with QL+ so far.  What is the biggest challenge?  What has been rewarding?  So far, QL+ has been great. I am excited to work with an organization that cares so much about impacting others. We just started the project, but the experience has been great.

What is it like working with your Challenger?  Our challenger is amazing, she is very kind and helpful.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  I would encourage other students to get involved with organizations like QL+ because it is a great opportunity to get experience working with people who care about others. QL+ also gives students connections to other experienced engineers.
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What are your plans after graduation?  I plan on applying to grad school after I finish my undergraduate degree.

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  My proudest moment of my college career was the day my sister told me that she signed up to take the intro to engineering course at our high school.  I was excited that she was inspired by the work I do at college enough to explore the area.  I think it is extremely important to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers and this was a step in that direction!

What three words best describe you?  driven, caring, brave

The purpose the of the QL+ Student Spotlight is to highlight our amazing students, our university partners, and the life-changing work our students are doing to improve the quality of life of our veterans and first responders.