Sponsor: Madison Engineering
The project's aim is to limit diabetics' hypoglycemic episodes in order to improve their quality of life and mitigate long term complications. The project's approach to help diabetics in danger of experiencing hypoglycemic events are creating sensors for continuous glucose monitors that are capable of monitoring vital signs when a diabetic patient is approaching hypoglycemic ranges. These measurements would be immediately relayed to emergency first responders in order to maximize the time that diabetics can be treated.
Sponsor: JMU xLabs
In this project, my team worked with a veinyard owner that managed three small vineyards (2-10 acres). He wanted a way to capture live data at his vineyard so that he would not have to send part-time staff to check-up on the vines daily. We built him a meshnetwork based data collection system that utilized soil moisture, humidity, and temperature sensors to help analyze the state of his vines.
Sponsor: The Northrop Grumman Foundation
This project was an individual activity where an application was due to become a part of the program. Based on an applicant's needs and acceptance status, the accepted member's recieved a grant from The Northrop Grumman Foundation. For my project, I chose to create a wheelchair specialized for Alzheimer's patients. My grandfather, a retired engineer, lived in a home for Alzheimer's individuals that were not able to function in the "real-world". I noticed a large problem with the wheelchairs at these homes since most patients were hunched over onto their thighs for the majority of the day. After doing further research, I discovered that rates of kyphosis and osteoporosis in elderly individuals is higher for those with Alzheimer's. This lead me to build a remote controlled, angle changing wheelchair for those patients. It would allow nurses to easily change the entire angle of a patients chair to help prevent kyphosis, osteoporosis, and bed sores.
Sponsor: Stanley Black & Decker
I worked with Stanley Black & Decker with the goal of finding a solution to fatigue within overhead work in industry. After further research, realization of rotator cuff injuries runs rampant in the industry with a strong correlation to overhead work. From this finding, my teammate and I looked further into the possibility for a lightweight, upper body exoskeleton to assist industry workers while performing overhead work. The design featured layered carbon fiber that ran from a worker's lower back to their biceps by being bent over the worker's shoulders. When carbon fiber is bent, it collects potential energy. Then, when it is straightened out, it produces kinetic energy. This puts a lot of the tension on the carbon fiber and off of the worker. This allows them to perform more overhead work before feeling fatigue. Our prototype had a 20 lb force with the average piece of ceiling panneling weighing 25 lbs.
Client: Dr. Tom Moran | JMU Kinsesiology Professor
I managed a team of 9 people with the hopes to build a human-powered vehicle for our client, Dr. Moran. Dr. Moran has cebral palsy and reached out in hopes to be able to ride alongside his new-born daughter when she reached bike riding age. For this project, we build our vehicle from scratch. It consisted of a manual, upper-body propulsion system, an electrical assist system, back-pedal braking, and a tricycle build for stability. I lead all team with a focal point on the electrical assist system. The electrical assist system would help Dr. Moran propel the vehicle forward on his command. This was triggered by the moving gear from his manual propulsion to kick-start the motor.
Client: Misgana | Elementary School Student
For this project, my team had a client, Misgana, who was an elementary age individual with cebral palsy. We built her a touch-free, motion sensing theremin using an ultrasonic sensor that changed the tones of music based on the height of her hands. This project was delivered to the elementary school where it has been in use for one year.