Formal Design Projects

These year-long projects aim to create a personalized device that improves the quality of life of a disabled community member. Teams consist of one team lead and 4-7 team members, chosen by an application and interview process. Students of all majors and experience levels are welcome to apply.
 2018-2019 
Chase and Carson Miller, ages five and six, are two fun and playful boys. They were born with MEPAN syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that hinders their muscular strength and coordination Their condition makes it difficult to for them to walk without a walker, let alone explore outside. Their parents are looking for a light, yet durable wheelchair that will allow them to traverse rougher terrains and see nature.
Team Leader: Michael Charonnat (3rd year ME)

Team Members:
  • Natalie Lewis (3rd year ME)
  • Ella Mahood (2nd year BMED)
  • Hailey Earnest (2nd year ME)
  • Kyle Ladtkow (2nd year ME)
  • Benjamin Reed (1st year ME)
  • Jake Javier (2nd year BMED)
Tim Fountain is a student in the Registered Nursing program at Cuesta Community College. Tim was born without his left hand and forearm. He is looking for a prosthetic attachment that will allow him to perform basic nursing tasks, including putting on sterile gloves.
Team Leader: Drew Beckley (3rd year BMED)

Team Members:
  • Kevin Yerina (3rd year BMED)
  • Hannah Cole (3rd year BMED)
  • Lizzy Cotner (4th year BMED)
  • Pearse Lipscomb (1st year BMED)
  • Bethany Hall (2nd year BMED)
Julian is a nine year-old boy who loves Pokemon, legos, video games, and riding his scooter. Julian lost parts of nine of his fingers in a tragic car accident in April 2018. This project aims to create prosthetic hands that will allow Julian participate in all of the activities that he loves again.
Team Leader: Ryan Kissinger (4th year ME)

Team Members:
  • Christian Aguirre (4th year EE)
  • Bryson Chan (4th year ME)
  • Rachel Peavler (4th year ME)
  • Austin Conrad (3rd year ME)
  • Leila Assal (4th year BMED)
  • Jae DeLeon (4th year ME)
  • Janis Iourovitski (2nd year GENE)
The Cal Poly Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides many assistive services to students with all kinds of disabilities on campus. The tram service provides rides around campus to students with restricted mobility. Due to the limited number of tram cars, the scheduling of pick-ups and drop-offs can be very complex. This project aims to create a software application that will help optimize the efficiency of the tram service.
Team Leader: Addie Hedge (3rd year IE)

Team Members:
  • Heather Cooper (3rd year IE)
  • Katie Steidl (3rd year IE)
  • Matt Cuento (2nd year CPE)
  • Hannah Allen (2nd year CSC)
  • Jessica Chang (3rd year SE)
  • Zoe Li (3rd year CPE)
Mikaela is a teenage girl with special needs who enjoys spending time outside at her favorite camp. Mikaela has someone pull her in a wagon to help her get around the campsite. This project aims to engineer a motorized wagon that can be controlled by her helper to make it easier for her to get around.
Team Leader: Austin Sherman (4th year BMED)

Team Members:
  • Bradley Kwan (3rd year ME)
  • Jordan Kochavi (3rd year ME)
  • Ariel Tolentino (3rd year ME)
  • Gelene Amog (3rd year BMED)
  • Laura McGann (1st year CSC)
  • Riley Carns (5th year EE)
Mr. Richard Granados is an individual in our Cal Poly community who is currently battling knee-bone misalignment which causes him sharp pain in that specific area. This pain substantially impacts his daily routines, including getting in and out of his recliner chair or his car. This project aims to create devices that will assist him in these motions, ultimately relieving some unnecessary stress in his knee
Team Leader: Amanda Almada (3rd year ME)

Team Members:
  • Alexandria Kwong (3rd year BMED)
  • Max Krueger (1st year BMED)
  • Kaylee Voss (3rd year BMED)
  • Mia Pinedo (3rd year BMED)
  • Jacob Osecheck (1st year BMED)
  • Melissa Kurani (2nd year BMED)
 2017 - 2018 
Karen is a world class athlete with a trans-tibial amputation. She regularly competes in a variety of races including triathlons. Her current swimming prosthesis does not train her muscles evenly to her other leg. Our challenge is to design and manufacture a swimming specific prosthesis that will assist during her training and racing.
Team Leader: Caroline Skae

Team Members:

  • Megan Gebhart
  • Tess Pate
  • Toby Smith
  • Drew Beckley
  • Nick Dion
Karen is a world class athlete with a trans-tibial amputation. She regularly competes in a variety of races including triathlons. Her current swimming prosthesis does not train her muscles evenly to her other leg. Our challenge is to design and manufacture a swimming specific prosthesis that will assist during her training and racing.
Team Leader: Harry Koos

Team Members:

  • Amy Wilson
  • Noah Jonhson
  • Mikaela Williams
  • Dan Ash
  • Austin Sherman
Amber is a recent Cal Poly graduate and an individual with a disability who uses a wheelchair. She is looking to find help from the QL+ Lab in designing and producing an app to assist with weight shifting. All wheelchair users must perform weight shifting to prevent skin breakdown, pressure sores, and ulcers. The rate at which they perform their weight shifts are varied and unique. Our challenge is to design an app that sets weight shift reminders for Wheelchair Users.
Spencer is a Cal Poly student who has a neurological disorder which requires him to wear ankle braces during his daily life. Spencer's current braces cause him discomfort. Design and build slimmer, more elastic ankle braces to allow Spencer more comfort.
Team Leader: Michael Gallagher

Team Members:

  • Naomi Chavez
  • Janis Iourvitski
  • Zoe Li
  • Pearl Lynch
  • Alex Ward
Davis is a young man who loves to skateboard. He was recently involved in an accident, which caused him to lose most of his left arm. Davis continues to skateboard despite his accident, but he would benefit from a device on the left side of his body to help catch him when he falls. Design and build a prosthetic attachment that provides Davis with security when he skateboards.
Team Leader: Tyler Tackaberry

Team Members:

  • Allison Rabin
  • Kyle Ladtkow
  • Samuel Porter
  • Lauryn Borromeo
  • Madeleine McCool
Capital Stand Up Paddle Board (Capital SUP) is a company based out of Annapolis, Maryland. Capital SUP provides stand up paddle boarding experiences to injured and disabled service members and veterans. Currently, Capital SUP does not have a paddle board that is conducive to users with lower-extremity weakness. Design an adapted stand up paddle board that assists users with standing on a paddle board.
Team Leader: Trent Chapman

Team Members:

  • Jessica Chow
  • Kristin Abele
  • Tim Moreno
  • Will Ward
  • Kevin Yerina
Rita is a woman local to the San Luis Obispo area who has had multiple surgeries on her ankle following an accident. Rita benefits from the use of an ankle brace following her surgery, however the braces she has acquired dig into tender areas from her surgery causing pain and discomfort. Design and build a more comfortable ankle brace for Rita.
Team Leader: Craig Icban

Team Members:

  • Amanda Almada
  • Hannah Cole
  • Lizzy Cotner
  • Scott Mangin
  • Kassidy Tromboni
 2016 - 2017 
Levi is a 6 year old boy with a partial hand, which requires a specific type of prosthetic. We've created an entirely mechanical design for him to do more activities, like monkey bars.

Team Members:

  • Caroline Skae
  • Kurt Reed
  • Mark Oppenheimer
  • Marco Santini
Francis is a police officer who, when on-duty, sustained an injury that severely damaged his left leg. He decided to amputate his leg below the knee. Now, he hopes to receive a prosthetic that allows him to cycle again.

Team Members:

  • Erik Stafford
  • Chris Urasaki
  • Veera Panova
  • Tyler McDonough
  • Luaren Jensen
  • Matt Whitman
Luke has a birth defect of his arm from which his right arm ends after his elbow. We are looking at new ideas to make his activities, like driving and working out, more adaptable.

Team Members:

  • John Dewing
  • Emily Hubbard
  • Andrew Myers
  • Alidod Ghazvini
  • Eduardo Uribe-Saldana
  • Clarissa Dalton
  • Morgan Gebhart
Dr. Bratcher is a winemaker who lost his hand in an accident. He's looking for a myoelectric device that can make his work at the winery easier.

Team Members:

  • Aaliyah Ramos
  • Katie Mangiaracina
  • Mavis Tsoi
  • Jonnathan Terry
  • Graydon Wilson
  • Virginia Yan
  • Colin Eaton
Terra has cerebral palsy and hopes to receive a device that will assist her with transporting objects while using her forearm crutches to go shopping or work in the kitchen.

Team Members:

  • Cameron Mosbacher
  • Cynthia Yu
  • Will Ward
  • Rhys Wheatley
  • Kristin Abele
  • Lauren Seilbert
  • Vahe Gyuloglyan
We love using our 3-D printer, but where does all the filament go from support and failed prints? Right now, we're saving it for a new lab development team to build a filament reclaimer so we can reuse filament that has already been through the printer.

Team Members:

  • Morgan Jawitz
  • Caroline Schalo
  • Elizabeth Hyde
  • Ryan Zhan
  • Tess Pate
  • Sarah Manning
  • Joshua Tran
A tensile strength tester can be used to determine the amount of elongation or reduction in an area depending on its structure and the material used. We're forming a team to create one for the lab!

Team Members:

  • Caroline Swanson
  • Maddie McCool
  • Jay Sterner
  • Jensen Severance
  • Michael Gallgher
  • Taira Hovden
  • Matthew Walker
A tensile strength tester can be used to determine the amount of elongation or reduction in an area depending on its structure and the material used. We're forming a team to create one for the lab!

Team Members:

  • Zach Miller
  • Paige Reisman
  • Jeff Ickes
  • Darian Maxwell
  • Melisande Gavin
  • Diya Jamwal
 2015 - 2016 
The VRA is being designed for our challenger, Phil, who hopes to have an ankle prosthesis that he can use to ride his skateboard and do other activities on uneven terrain.

Team Members:

  • Berkeley Davis
Also referred to as The Chariot, this trailer uses adaptive technology to make bike rides interactive for Lisa, a 10 year old give with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Team Members:

  • John Dewing
  • Mark Schefter
 2013 - 2014 
Taylor Morris requested a device that he could use with his prosthetic hands to quickly change out his different prostheses for activities like triathlons.

Team Members:

  • Niko Arguelles
  • Zachary Hanze