QL+ Program Manager: Barbara Springer, PT, PhD
QL+ Mentors: Sylvester (Sly) d’Agrella, Maj, USAF
Faculty Advisor: Robin Ott Assoc. Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Program Coordinator
Adaptive SpikeBoard Challenge: QL+ mechanical engineering students from Virginia Tech are challenged to design and fabricate a SpikeBoard for a Marine Corp Veteran who has two prosthetic legs due to a bilateral transfemoral amputation. The Adaptive SpikeBoard must work safely with his prosthetics and be designed so that he can balance on it.
Spasticity Wrist Brace: QL+ mechanical engineering students from Virginia Tech are challenged to design and create an improved wrist/hand brace for an Air Force Veteran who suffered a stroke in 2014. The brace must allow for good wrist and finger extension.
Wheelchair Tire Cleaner: QL+ mechanical engineering students are challenged to design a device to assist an Army Veteran who is a triple amputee. The Veteran would like to clean his electric wheelchair tires/wheels as he enters his home from outside.
About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most comprehensive university and research institution, Virginia Tech offers 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs serving over 33,000 students. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).