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Innovation Center Project Makes
Local, National News

Quality of Life Plus (QL+), a non-profit organization with a regional office in Cincinnati, is sponsoring a yearlong capstone project through the Innovation Center that will dramatically improve a disabled veteran's quality of life.
UD seniors Jeff LeCave, Connor Tagney, Marc Waulet, and Mitch Wernet designed and built a "Treadmill Centering Device" as their capstone project for Air Force Veteran and blind athlete, Larry Gunter. Gunter, a QL+ "Challenger," is collaborating with the student team at the University of Dayton to create a device to allow him to safely and independently run on a treadmill, while using his full range of motion. The device, which Gunter tested at UD in early April, is lightweight, durable, portable and simple to use. Although this device will be designed specifically for Gunter, it has the potential to serve others.
The story was picked up by local news media in Dayton and Cincinnati and ran on a national program, The Blaze, and in Jeff LeCave’s hometown of Nashville. You can see the Dayton version here.

Faculty and Staff Receive Awards

Tarek Taha, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will receive the Fritz J. Russ Award for outstanding contributions in the field of neuromorphic computing from the Dayton Chapter of IEEE at the section’s awards banquet this week. Taha will also be presented with the Noland Award from Sigma Xi, the University’s scientific research society.  It has been a big year for Taha as he additionally received his third NSF award.
Peg Mount, senior administrative assistant in engineering management, systems and technology, has been selected to receive the 2018 Marianist Service Award. The Award was established in 1987 by Marianists working at the University and recognizes two full-time staff members whose behavior, over a significant number of years, is consistent with the University’s Catholic and Marianist character.

Faculty in the News

Children with Disabilities Get Ride of their Dreams
Faculty members Megan Reissman and Kim Bigelow, department of mechanical engineering, appeared in separate news stories for last weekend’s Go Baby Go! event held in conjunction with United Rehabilitation Services.  About 40 UD volunteers made custom modifications to electric vehicles so that 10 children with mobility issues can independently drive the cars. The link to the Fox 45 story is here.

Women and Tech with Megan Smith
Becky Blust, director of the Innovation Center, appeared with UD Speaker Series guest Megan Smith on WVXU-FM’s Cincinnati Edition radio program to discuss women, technology and entrepreneurship. You can listen to the interview here.

Sumo Bot Competition Takes Center Stage at Stander
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tim Reissman’s popular sumo bot competition was featured during WDTN’s coverage of the Stander Symposium last week. 44 robotic cars duked it out for engineering glory in the Science Center.  See the action at this link.

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