Matt Lundgren is 4th year at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating in Manufacturing.  Matt and his teammates are working on the Service Dog Ramp Challenge for veteran, Peter Way.  They are designing and building a ramp for his service dog to get into and out of Peter’s truck to help preserve the dog’s joints and service life.
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Why did you choose your major?  I chose my major because I’ve always been interested in how things work.  As a kid, I always took toys apart to see their inner workings, so mechanical engineering was the perfect major for my interests.

Describe your experience working with QL+ so far.  Working with QL+ has been a blast.  They are always very accommodating for advising any challenges that arise.  Our biggest challenge has been working with limited space in a Tacoma cab alongside the senior project team building a wheelchair lift.  We’ve communicated heavily with our mentor provided by the club and our user and found a way to satisfy everyone’s needs in the space provided.  I led a club team at Cal Poly last year for building a device to help wheelchair users play paintball, and it’s so fulfilling to complete a QL+ project and see the impact that you’ve made on someone’s life.

Our challenger, Peter Way, is an amazing guy.  He’s a retired Army veteran who’s super enthusiastic about the project and helping us in any way he can.  He’s super easy to contact and is willing to work with our engineering requirements to fulfill his needs in a method that we can build as students.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  To other students, I would say that QL+ offers great opportunities to develop professional skills and feel like you’re making a difference.  The year-long projects are a great experience for real-life projects that can take that long or even longer. Helping someone in need feels great as well since there’s no better feeling than seeing all the smiles and appreciation at the end of a project.

What are your plans after graduation?  After graduating I’m hoping to go into industry and start working somewhere in California.

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  My proudest moment in college has definitely been the QL+ SA project I completed during my junior year. Our project started as a quarterly design project intended to create a device to assist wheelchair users who want to play paintball. My team ended up getting selected to continue for the rest of the year as a formal design project for the club, and I was chosen to be the team lead for our team of 7. I learned a lot during that year on the project, and I gained so much valuable experience with product design and team management. It felt so good to finish the project and see how happy our challenger was with it.

What three words best describe you? 3 words to describe me: Energetic, Driven, Goofy
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