Morgan Marmarelli is a senior at Ohio University, graduating in December of 2020.  She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics.  Morgan and her teammates are working on the "Surf Challenge."  Their task is to design an assistive device that will allow our Challenger, Rosemary Salak, to transition from the sand to the surf and from the surf to the sand, unassisted.  Rosemary is an Army Veteran whose left leg was amputated above the knee.  She is very active and loves the beach, but because of her amputation, she must ask for help to get in and out of the surf.

Why did you choose your major?  I chose my major because I have always loved math and science.  Along with that, I love to problem solve; this keeps my mind sharp and always on my toes.  Also, my mom and dad were a huge influence regarding my decision to study engineering; they have always seen potential in me and gave me that extra push to do something great.
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Describe your experience working with QL+ so far.  What is the biggest challenge?  What has been rewarding?  QL Plus has been awesome to work with and I cannot wait to continue to our adventure together.  Amber is great and has been so easy to communicate with; she just added Chuck to our team, and we are very excited to get to know him!  At this point in time, I think our biggest challenge is the distance between us and Rosemary; it would make our project a bit easier if we could reach her whenever and wherever!  This whole experience has been extremely rewarding, especially knowing that we are helping and improving someone‚Äôs life!

What is it like working with your Challenger?  Rosemary is awesome to work with and she is extremely approachable.  We were lucky enough to be able to FaceTime her and put a face to a name; we learned a lot from just a 30-minute call!  Even though she is 6 hours away, she is always doing her best to make herself available for us, which is really great.

What would you say to other students about QL+?  I would say that this non-profit organization is one of the best to work with.  How could you not love helping others and getting to know those that you are helping? Along with that, they are giving students incredible work experience, cover letters, project management skills, and other benefits. QL Plus is able to make all of this happen and I could not be more grateful.
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What are your plans after graduation?  My plan after graduation includes going to grad school, hopefully in Pittsburgh, for 2 years studying prosthetics and orthotics.  After this, I plan on completing my residency and working part time for a clinic; hopefully in a few years I will be a CPO (Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist).
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What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  My proudest moment of my college career revolves around becoming a Teaching Assistant to one of my engineering professors.  This allows me to build my resume and work on my communication, leadership, organizational, and time management skills.  This has been one of the best opportunities to come my way during my college career.

What three words best describe you?  charismatic, reliable, and collaborative.

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