QL+ Program Manager: Amber Humphrey
QL+ Mentors: Dr. Charles Scoville
Robe Professor and Department Chair
Ohio Coal Research Center
Transfer Step: QL+ students at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering are tasked with designing and building a device to assist an Air Force Veteran who retired in 1980 due to a spinal cord injury. He has short legs and uses a make-shift transfer step to off-set his short legs as he transfers in and out of his van, and in and out of bed, etc. He is a T3 complete paraplegic and uses a wheelchair for his mobility.
Surf Transfer: QL+ students at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering are tasked with designing and building an assistive device for entering and exiting the surf. The QL+ Challengers is an Army Veteran whose leg was amputated above the knee. She has a waterproof prosthetic leg that can be used in sand and water however, it is not very functional for romping in the surf and for casual swimming, so she prefers to not use it. When she goes to the beach, she relies on friends to physically support her as she enters and exits the surf, hoping on one leg. The solution ought to provide a way for her to more gracefully get into and out of the surf.
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