Kevin Lawson is a 3rd year at the University of Dayton, graduating in May 2020.  He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  Kevin and his teammates are working on the Kayak See Behind Challenge for Team River Runner, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (TRR).  The Kayak See Behind device they are creating is a system fastened to the rear of the kayak that will warn the paddler when someone approaches them from behind.  This device will help veterans with PTSD who kayak with TRR to not be startled by other paddlers approaching them from behind.

Why did you choose your major?  I chose to be a Mechanical engineer for the math and physics of it.  I enjoyed those classes in high school and appreciated the broadness of an engineering degree in the application.

Describe your experience working with QL+ so far. What is the biggest challenge? What has been rewarding?  Working with QL+ has been a lot of fun.  I’ve been made aware of issues I wouldn’t usually think about, so discerning solutions for those problems has been the biggest challenge.  Still, it’s exciting to think that the work I am doing can directly benefit someone, especially someone who served our country.
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What was it like working with your Challenger? Did you learn anything from this experience?  We have not been paired with an individual Challenger, but it has been helpful to talk to other experienced kayakers and TRR members who have direct experience with the situation we’re planning around.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  QL+ is directly connecting veterans in need to design teams and supporting innovative, specialized projects to benefit those who have served.  QL+ actively supports both the student teams and the Challengers in an efficient and effective way.
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What are your plans after graduation?  I will begin working towards my graduate degree, staying at the University of Dayton and starting in the Fall of 2020.

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  Earning All-Conference Honors at the A10 Cross Country Championships was very special as my years of training finally paid off. 

What three words best describe you?  Active, Dedicated, Kind

Photo credit to Jason Whitman.