Matthew Bobbitt is a 5th-year senior engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. Matthew is graduating in May 2020 and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Professional Sales. He is working on the DropEase Challenge. The goal of this Challenge is to create a device for disabled veterans with limited dexterity to allow them to self-administer eye drops.
Why did you choose your major? I have always enjoyed problem-solving, tapping into my creativity, and tangibly creating things. I wanted to pursue a degree with a curriculum that continually challenged me. Additionally, I added the Professional Sales minor to push me out of my comfort zone and give me the skill of asking the right questions when trying to problem-solve.
Describe your experience working with QL+ so far. I have enjoyed working with the QL+ team and partners like the VFW as we collaborate to create the best device possible. The biggest challenge has been navigating the project in the midst of this pandemic. There are some tasks like patient testing that just cannot be accomplished because of our current limitations. On the bright side, the testing that we were able to do in February was very rewarding, as the team was able to see the potential in the concepts that we worked very hard on.
What was it like working with your Challenger? Did you learn anything from this experience? This project is unique because instead of a specific veteran being the challenger, the VA is the challenger. In most cases, the Challenger would be receiving a student-created device at the end of the project. In the context of our project, the VA will be receiving the rights to manufacture and distribute the device so that as many veterans as possible can benefit. Team members from the VA have provided great insights that have helped with the testing and development of the device.
What would you say to other students about QL+? If you are interested in working on a capstone project that has the potential to be life-changing for someone that served this country, QL+ is the organization you should partner with. Also, QL+ encourages creativity and provides a substantial budget which allows you to really think outside the box and make your ideas come to life.
What are your plans after graduation? I will be starting a Full-Time job with Siemens Government Technologies in June and getting married in early September. At Siemens, I look forward to working alongside new team members to continue creatively solving problems.
What has been the proudest moment of your college career? The proudest moment of my college career has been giving my life to Christ and getting baptized in March of 2019.
What three words best describe you? Ambitious, optimistic, creative
I have a younger brother named Andrew (pictured below) that suffered from a brain aneurysm back in 2012 and still has limited mobility on the left side of his body because of it. I have seen how accommodations / adaptive engineered products have helped his life and am inspired to create products that have that same impact on others. (shameless plug, Andrew has a blog called https://www.onehandreview.com/ where he reviews different products that have helped him out along the way)