BME Capstone Design Project Wins da Vinci Award

davinci2Associate Dean Alan Eberhardt accepted the Student da Vinci Award on behalf of the BME team at the awards ceremony in Dearborn, Michigan.A project designed as part of the BME Capstone Design Course was awarded the Student da Vinci Award last week at the 2014 da Vinci Special Awards Gala at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

The winning team included BME students Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. Their project, the Toyrota, is a powered mobility device currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood.

Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations.

The Toyrota was one of two UAB projects that were finalists for the awards. The other was the Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale, designed by Jarrod Collins, Josh Haynes, Austin Johnson, and Brandon Sherrod, which has been in use at the Lakeshore Foundation, also in Homewood. The two projects were chosen from applicants around the world and were among finalists from the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

davinci3Eberhardt is pictured here in front of the UAB display that features the Toyrota Powered Mobility Device.

davinci4The 2014 da Vinci Award Winners

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Read a feature on the Toyrota at UAB News.