Cooper ME Seniors Win $5K for Wheelchair Design
POSTED ON: April 12, 2019
Four Mechanical Engineering seniors, Morgan Wolfe, Kavya Udupa, Isabella Pestovski, and Billy Dayan, led by Professor and George Clark Chair of Mechanical Engineering Melody Baglione, took the $5,000 third place prize at the 2019 CREATE Symposium, an invention competition hosted at Empire State Plaza in Albany by New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID). The symposium invites student engineers to showcase capstone projects that improve the vocational lives of workers with disabilities through assistive technologies.
Joining dozens of other students from across the state, the Cooper team presented their senior project, a prototype for a custom wheelchair attachment designed to help an employee with cerebral palsy at Grab & Go Café deliver food and drinks to customers throughout an office building. The students, who are working with the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York, built the prototype specifically to accommodate the ways in which cerebral palsy affects individuals’ coordination and ability to maintain balance.