FORMAL
DESIGN PROJECTS

These year-long projects aim to create a medical device that improves the quality of life of a veteran, local community member, or group of people with a disability. Teams consist of one team lead and 4-10 team members selected by an application and interview process. Students of all majors and experience levels are welcome to apply.

2021–2022

Edwards Lifesciences: Variable Measurement System for Coating Defects

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Coatings are used extensively on medical devices to serve a variety of functions such as hydrophobicity, electrical isolation, and corrosion resistance. The integrity of these coatings is meticulously monitored by means of inspection throughout the design process. Edwards Lifesciences currently has a validated inspection method that produces attribute data (pass or fail), but it is not without hurdles since operator subjectivity is often present in manual, visual inspections. The creation of a variable inspection system, whether fully-automated or camera-assisted, is an avenue to mitigate operator subjectivity, monitor product stability, and produce better component yields.

 HAND FOR BETH 

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Follow this link to a news show that broadcasted a feature story on Beth Parrish regarding her journey with sepsis that began in 2016.

 

Beth Parrish is looking for engineers to design her a device that gives her left hand the basic dexterity and strength required to hold objects like clothing, a dish, or a piece of fruit. Such a device could also provide Beth with the ability to type on a keyboard--the possibilities are endless.

 ARM FOR BETH 

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Follow this link to a news show that broadcasted a feature story on Beth Parrish regarding her journey with sepsis that began in 2016.

 

Additionally, Beth is looking for a prosthetic that she can use with her right arm to improve the utility of her left hand. Ideally, such a device would enable her to hold a fruit while her left hand cuts it with a knife, or hold a dish while her left hand washes it with a sponge. Such a device would not only return independence to Beth, but also hope.

 BRACES FOR BILL 

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Bill is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In 2014, Bill severely injured his leg during a 100-mile bike ride and was later given an ExoSym brace from the Hanger Clinic to help him remain active. While this device has helped, he is still not able to use it to traverse uneven terrains. The goal of this project is to modify or reconstruct the ExoSym brace to allow Bill to walk comfortably across all terrains.

 PORTABLE LIFT FOR ALEX

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I’m a senior Aerospace Engineering student at Cal Poly. In 2012, I was paralyzed when I fell off a cliff. I used to love traveling but now that I’ve lost most of my independence, I need special equipment to achieve the same things that I used to take for granted. One of those things is the ability to get in and out of bed. I’m now using a motorized lift to transfer me from my bed to wheelchair and vice versa. This is fine in a home setting but currently impossible for me in a hotel. Hotel rooms vary drastically in size or layout and often don’t have the necessary space for the industry’s idea of a portable lift to operate. The former QL+ had a FDP to build me a portable lift but COVID-19 cancelled plans for manufacturing. I’m hoping that EMPOWER can make the previous design even better than it already is and manufacture it so I can finally travel again. I haven’t seen most of my overseas family in person for almost 10 years and I hope this lift can help me accomplish that.

 LEG FOR KAREN

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Karen is a world class athlete with a trans-tibial amputation. She regularly competes in a variety of races including Ironman triathlons. In the past, EMPOWER designed a training fin prosthesis for Karen. Now, she is looking for a prosthetic leg that will allow her to get back into hiking. The challenge will require the team to engineer a comfortable prosthesis that can traverse rougher terrains.

2020–2021

 HAND FOR BETH 

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Follow this link to a news show that broadcasted a feature story on Beth Parrish regarding her journey with sepsis that began in 2016.

 

Beth Parrish is looking for engineers to design her a device that gives her left hand the basic dexterity and strength required to hold objects like clothing, a dish, or a piece of fruit. Such a device could also provide Beth with the ability to type on a keyboard--the possibilities are endless.

 ARM FOR BETH 

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Follow this link to a news show that broadcasted a feature story on Beth Parrish regarding her journey with sepsis that began in 2016.

 

Additionally, Beth is looking for a prosthetic that she can use with her right arm to improve the utility of her left hand. Ideally, such a device would enable her to hold a fruit while her left hand cuts it with a knife, or hold a dish while her left hand washes it with a sponge. Such a device would not only return independence to Beth, but also hope.

 BRACE FOR SHERI 

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Sheri is a Cal Poly alum, who has recently been diagnosed with degenerative spine disorder and facet sclerosis l5-s1. She has a passion for gardening, however due to this diagnosis she is unable to bend over and lift heavy objects. Sheri suffers from chronic pain due to a lack of lower back support due to joint degeneration. She is looking for a back brace that will give her lower lumbar support, allowing her to bend over to dig, plant, weed, and lift objects with more support that will help her keep gardening for many years to come. Additionally, in order to assist in pain relief and prevent further degeneration, Sheri is looking for a brace or other means to support her while she works from home at her desk.

 SIGHT FOR CLINTON 

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Clinton, the thirteen year old maltese-poodle mix and beloved pet of current Cal Poly student Razan Turminini, was recently diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease which has significantly deteriorated his vision over the past year. Although Clinton now lives a more relaxed lifestyle, he still struggles with mobility issues because of his tendency to stumble into walls, screen doors, legs, the family’s outdoor pool, and anything in his way. Like any blind dog owner, Razan was hoping to find a sensory device that will allow Clinton (and hopefully other dogs) to navigate the world in a gentle, collision-free fashion. 

2019–2020

2018–2019

Wheelchair for Chase and Carson

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.

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Team Lead: 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)

2017–2018

2016–2017

2014 & 2015