Our Partnership With University of Texas, San Antonio


About University of Texas, San Antonio

QL+ Program Manager: Robert (Bob) Wolff, Ph.D., P.E.

Faculty Advisors: Laura Gaviria, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering

QL+ Mentors: Reuben Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas VA Medical Center

QL+ Project:

Tools for Hand Tremors: Some Veterans suffer from hand tremors that can impact their daily activities. One or both hands can shake either occasionally or all the time. Some Veterans have difficulty managing a cup when trying to drink both hot and cold liquids. The tremors may cause the individual to spill the liquid and/or drop the cup. Using two hands or lids on cups is not always ideal. It is also difficult to manage hand tools, such as a hammer or screwdriver with the tremors, and have enough control to initiate and complete the task or action. There isn’t anything viable on the market to control hand tools such as screwdrivers and hammers. Individuals are not able to hold the tool or control the tool when working with their hands and may miss the item (screw or nail), or they cannot control enough to complete the task. Some Veterans like to work with their hands for jobs, daily functioning, and, even to improve mental health. The Challenge to create something to use with tools to assist in mitigating the difficulty with engaging tools with hand tremors.

About University of Texas-San Antonio:

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) jointly offer Undergraduate and M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering. The objective of the program is to train students in the use of basic biomedical engineering approaches for the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. The educational goals of this program are founded on the belief that the basic scientific approach is critical to the fundamental understanding of human health and the treatment of disease.