Congratulations to Keshia Peters for receiving the College of Engineering’s Professional Staff Award!


Congratulations to Keshia Peters for receiving the College of Engineering’s Professional staff award! Keshia’s dedication to excellence and her commitment to seeing the goals of this lab realized are evident in the ways in which she both diligently leads her own projects and supports the research efforts of all of the other teams of the lab.

Here are just a few of the ways in which Keshia has and is making in impact in the Ability and Innovation Lab:
coordinating with collaborators at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (St. Pual, MN) and KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) to facilitate collaboration and improve data collection and management procedures; mentoring teams of undergraduate students on capstone and research projects; managing day-to-day lab activities and providing research support as a technician and IRB guru; playing a major role in the setup of our new collaborative lab space (AMP Lab); conducting her own research projects (to be presented at the 2017 ASB Conference in August!); acting as a first contact to introduce interested school and community groups to the work ongoing in our lab.
Thanks again for all that you do for us, Keshia. Your recognition is well deserved!

Praise for our undergraduates at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to our undergraduates on their stellar poster session presentations at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium! Karley Benoff and Jessy Ha can be seen here sharing their team’s latest design of their elbow-driven orthosis. This project, spearheaded by fellow mechanical engineering undergraduate, Bradley Watcher (not pictured), was inspired to augment the motor function of a young woman who suffers from neurological impairment.

Michael McConnell, one of the lab’s graduating seniors, can be seen here sharing his work with an interested student. Michael’s project investigated the effect of color and temperature on the material properties of PLA, the base material widely used in 3-D printing projects. Michael’s research suggests each color of PLA achieves its maximal tensile strength after being heated to a distinct “critical” temperature.


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