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Engineering Students Display Real-World Solutions for the Community

Univ. Communications – Imagine charging your cell phone just by walking. Or a specially-designed bicycle that allows amputees and people recovering from strokes to steer and change gears.

Those innovations were among the many featured at the University of Rochester on May 3 during Hajim School Design Day.

See a video of a sampling of Design Day projects.

Student teams at the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been partnering with local companies and institutions over the past year to solve real-world engineering problems. During Design Day, the students demonstrated their results. Their projects include:

  • Energy Harvesting Cell Phone Charger: a device that converts mechanical energy from human motion into electricity to charge a cell phone
  • Mono-Mano: a one-handed cycling control device that integrates the ability to steer, brake, and shift gears onto a removable apparatus
  • Pro-Bal: a balance training device to help in the rehabilitation of people recovering from strokes
  • FloMaR: a surgical IV that administers fluids without a pump

Article written by Peter Iglinski, senior press officer in University Communications.

In the Photo: University of Rochester senior biomedical engineering student Travis Block of San Antonio demonstrates a bicycle he and his team are developing for their senior design project that can be steered with one arm. Photo credit: J. Adam Fenster and Brandon Vick, University Photographers.

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