Team MEDS Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Students, Projects for Persons with Disabilities

Pennsylvania State University, 2007 - $27,000

For this course, teams of undergraduate engineering students design devices for the disabled to meet needs that aren't being met by off-the-shelf commercial products. Relying on connections with the local community, teams identify specific individuals with mobility problems, meet with physicians and rehabilitation clinicians, assess needs, and design and develop mobility products.

Key to this project is the use of The Learning Factory at Penn State, where students complete a semester-long design project as their senior capstone design course. Here, students determine feasibility, conduct engineering analysis, and build the devices. The goal of the design projects is to produce an actual product or working prototype by the end of the course.