QL+ Program Manager: Amber Humphrey
QL+ Mentors: Dr. Charles Scoville and Scott Moro, Founder, Adaptive Cycling Foundation
Faculty Advisors: Brad Ratliff, Senior Image Processing Engineer at UDRI, Adjunct Professor
Eric Janz, Faculty of Practice
Kayak See Behind: QL+ engineering students from the University of Dayton are challenged to design and build a device for Team River Runner, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (TRR). The majority of the veterans serviced by TRR are veterans coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans with PTSD are sometimes startled by sounds and movement occurring behind them. While kayaking, it is difficult to know when someone is paddling up from behind. The veteran paddlers with PTSD feel uneasy because of this and can become stressed out while on the water. The device TRR would like our students to design and build will help those veterans “see” behind them while on the water, alerting them to when other paddlers are approaching and from what side they are approaching.
Power Assist Handcycle: QL+ engineering students from the University of Dayton are challenged to design and build a Power Assist Handcycle for the Adaptive Cycling Foundation. Scott Moro is the founder and president of Adaptive Cycling Foundation. For several years, he has been adapting bicycles for disabled veterans. Many handcyclists like to participate in group rides with upright bicycle riders, but have a difficult time keeping up with the pace while going up hills. The solution has been to add a “push bar” to the back of the handcycle so a cyclist on an upright bicycle can assist the handcyclist up the hills. The assist from the push bar will allow the handcyclist to stay with the group. This is difficult work for the upright rider, especially on long and hilly rides. It can also be dangerous for both riders and the group in general. There is a need for power assist in these cases.
About the University of Dayton:
The University of Dayton (UD) was founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), a group of visionary leaders who knew that consistent change was necessary for constant growth. The University has grown into a top-tier Catholic research university. UD students are bold thinkers and servant leaders who use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world. More than 7,800 full-time undergraduates and 2,400 graduate and law students call UD "home," and their 89 percent retention rate shows that students love UD.