San Diego State University

Our Partnership With San Diego State University


About San Diego State University

QL+ Program Manager: Robert Wolff, PhD, P.E.

QL+ Mentors:
Rolando Rivera, Manager at Northrop Grumman, Army Veteran;
Mike Mackey, Senior Director and Program Manager at Northrop Grumman and Marine Veteran, leads the Veteran’s Engineering group VERITAS

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Scott Shaffar
Director of Global Mission Excellence, Northrop Grumman
Department of Mechanical Engineering

QL+ Projects:

Hockey Sled Transfer: Jason is a wounded Marine who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan as an EOD specialist. One of his favorite hobbies is sled hockey but multiple people have to help him transfer from his wheelchair to his sled. This is very hard on Jason, his father, and other volunteers. The Challenge is for the students to build a transfer device that safely transfers him from his wheelchair to his sled and back again.

Wheelchair Motorcycle Mount: Tammy is a 10-year Army Veteran who is paralyzed from the waist down. She loves riding motorcycles with her husband but has no way of transporting her wheelchair when she rides. The Challenge is for students to create a motorcycle wheelchair mount so that she can be mobile once they reach their destination.

Surfboard Handles: Brandon is a Navy SEAL who was injured while training and is paralyzed from the waist down. He loves surfing but has trouble controlling the board. The challenge is for students to invent handles for his surfboard so that he can turn and control the board more efficiently.

About San Diego State University:

The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.