Chris Urasaki is a Cal Poly Manufacturing Engineering student, graduating in June of 2019. Chris and his teammates are working on the "Sand Foot Challenge." The goal of the Sand Foot Challenge is to create a below-the-knee prosthetic leg for QL+ Challenger, Craig Brady, a Marine Veteran. The Sand Foot will allow him to comfortably walk on the sand. The rigidity of the ankle on his current prosthesis is causing him pain when he walks on the sand.
Why did you choose to major in Manufacturing Engineering?
I chose my major because I enjoy making things. I take pride in being able to take a design on paper and figure out how to make that design a reality.
Describe your experience working with QL+.
I have been working with QL+ since my freshman year at Cal Poly, two years ago. I worked as a team leader for a formal design project where we made a specialized cycling leg for a police officer named Francis Foo. The biggest challenge of that project was being able to learn quickly, as I had never worked on a prosthesis before. The most rewarding thing was seeing a video of Francis sent to us after we finished our project that showed him biking down the street, using our prosthesis.
What would you say to other students about QL+?
If you want to do engineering work where you can directly see the positive effects your work has on the lives of others, this is the club you need to join.
What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are still up in the air. As of now, I am casting a wide net but I am leaning towards working in the medical device industry for the same reasons that I joined QL+.
What has been the proudest moment of your college career?
Handing off the finished prosthetic leg to Francis Foo has honestly been the highlight of my engineering career at Cal Poly.
What three words best describe you?
Motivated. Dedicated. Trustworthy.