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Engineering and Nursing Students Build Assistive Devices for Disabled Clients

Students of the University of Detroit Mercy Engineering and Nursing programs collaborated this past semester to develop devices to specifically meet the needs of three disabled veterans. On Wednesday, May 15th at 11 a.m. in the Engineering High Bay of the College of Engineering & Science, the students will present their devices to local clients and show them how they were designed to meet their daily needs.

Six UDM nursing students, 12 UDM engineering students and 12 engineering students from Baylor University split into four teams, three of which worked with disabled veterans. The devices designed for the specific veteran clients include a pressure-sensing cushion that would alert a paraplegic person to change positions to prevent decubitus ulcers, an innovative bed mattress with an automatic bedpan, and a walker for a man who is unable to use current walker structures. The fourth team is currently developing a car seat that will help disabled mothers remove their children easier.

The University’s joint engineering and nursing projects began four years ago and have worked specifically for veteran clients for the past two. The clients will be at the presentations and may take the devices home that day.

Several of the students plan to continue working on their projects after the presentations. Engineering student, Nick Schenduk was part of a team that received a grant for the device they developed and will present at an NCIIA conference in August. Hussein Bazzi, a nursing student, is working to develop his walker project into a business.


Students create devices to help disabled veteransMay 16, 2013
Students create devices to help disabled veterans
Detroit Free Press Staff

Students at the University of Detroit Mercy Engineering and Nursing programs collaborated last semester to develop devices to specifically meet the needs of three disabled veterans. Read More ...


Engineering students got involved in this worthwhile endeavor by taking a required course titled Prototype Design, while nursing students took a voluntary independent study course with Assisting Nursing Professor Molly McClelland, PhD, MSN, CMSRN, RN.

Release date: May 14, 2013

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