Christina Harmon is a 5th-year engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. Christina is graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Christina and her teammates are working on the Convertible Scooter Cover Challenge for Vietnam Veteran, Mike Donnelly. The goal of this project is to create an automated cover for Mike's mobility scooter so that he is able to be protected from the sun with just the press of a button.
Why did you choose your major? I chose mechanical engineering because I always enjoyed making and designing my own toys and entertainment as a kid. I also like working in a collaborative environment and with my hands.
Describe your experience working with QL+ so far. Working with QL+ has been a rewarding experience. What I like most is knowing that our hard work is going to benefit some amazing people who have done great things for our community. Our greatest challenge so far has been making time for the fabrication of our design and putting our plan into action.
What is it like working with your Challenger? Working with Mike is awesome. He is very flexible, accommodating, and welcoming. He also is very generous with his praise and extremely supportive and grateful for all that QL+ has done for him. Being able to work directly with Mike as a customer is a great experience for future projects and jobs.
What would you say to other students about QL+? QL+ is a very generous and thoughtful organization. If you work with them, you can be sure that your project will benefit great people and that they will support you in any way they can. Their projects are also a great experience in designing and manufacturing real-world applications. Working directly with customers has also been a great learning experience.
What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I plan to go on to graduate school and study biomechanics. I would like to combine my knowledge of problem-solving and engineering with my passion for sports rehabilitation and optimization.
What has been the proudest moment of your college career? The proudest moment of my career was when I lived and worked abroad in Germany for 6 months. Being able to live life and communicate my work in a language I had never learned before built up my confidence and having the opportunity to share my culture with others was an extremely rewarding experience.
What three words best describe you? Three words that best describe me are active, artistic, and adaptable.