Senior Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Design Program
Team Walter Reed Veteran (WRV) of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering Mechanical Engineering Department completed the first project sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute. Their project, completed during school year 2013-14, consisted of developing a better way to control heat and sweat inside the socket of a prosthetic limb for amputees participating in endurance sports. Undergraduates at the time of the project, team members Michael Leddy, Andrew Frazier, Josh Charest, and Matthew Jorgensen have all since completed their baccalaureate degrees. Team WRV won first place in their Senior Design Day competition and the abstract describing their work was presented and received an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August 2014. The team was also invited to present their work at the 2015 Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development meeting. To view their presentation, click here.
Team MAL: This team developed a micro electromagnetic pump for use in malaria research of best treatment plans. The students developed a pump that weighs less than 1lb with the goal to replace a 20lb system that the researchers (Shapiro, Rahul, and Nenortas) use. The device is currently being tested by the Shapiro lab and being further developed by Rachael Guess over the summer.
From left to right: MAJ Mara Kreishman-Deitrick; MAJ Patrick Twomey; Dr. Rahul Bakshi; Juan Carlos Villalonga (undergraduate student designer); Dr. James Gilman; Dr. Theresa Shapiro; Dr. Elizabeth Nenortas. Not pictured: Rachael Guess
Team LIFT: This team developed 3 different systems to improve the quality of life of veterans wearing short-limbed prosthetics. The designs aimed at improving standing balance by creating a device that dynamically changed shape when the user stood still, significantly improving the ability for the user to stay still when standing. The other devices aimed at improving gait by implementing a mechanism that retracted when the foot swung through. This would reduce the need for the user to swing his/her leg out (abduction of the leg) to avoid catching the foot on the ground. The team built a passive version and a battery operated version. Testing revealed that there was merit to the ideas and that further development was needed.
From left to right: Ryan Johnston; Samantha Lott (Junior level designer); Walter Mayfield; Jorge Alvarado; Matthew Daum; LeRoy Oddie (sponsor)