QL+ Program Manager: Robert (Bob) Wolff, PhD, P.E.
QL+ Mentors: Tim Wren, Regional Commercial Director, BSI Americas Dr. Brad Hendershot, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert (Bob) Gallo Director of Senior Projects & Professor of the Practice Department of Mechanical Engineering Volgenau School of Engineering
Wobble Chair Challenge: QL+ mechanical engineering students from the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason are challenged to design and fabricate an unstable chair device and mechanize the adjustability of it for measuring trunk postural control. This will allow the chair to be efficiently calibrated and adjusted. Currently, this process involves loosening/tightening a bolt within each spring to individually (re)position using a custom ruler/jig. This takes several minutes (even with multiple people), is not the most accurate, and requires the participant to get on/off the chair several times throughout the course of an experiment. Ideally, it could be achieved with less effort, time, and overall burden to the participant. Additionally, the chair itself needs to be re-built with durable and aesthetically pleasing materials to look professional in a rehabilitative setting.
About George Mason University:
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia in the National Capital Region, we are an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. The Mason idea – Our core institutional characteristics
Innovative = We question current thinking and try new ideas. We honor time-tested academic principles while striving to create new forms of education that serve our students better and new paths of research that can uncover solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
Diverse = We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective, make us more effective educators and scholars.
Entrepreneurial = We put ideas into action. We educate students to create as well as carry out jobs; become agents of positive change; and add value through government or business, for profit or nonprofit organizations, academia or the arts. We pursue discoveries that can make a difference in the world. We help our community thrive socially, economically and culturally.
Accessible = We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.