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GARDE: Movement and Neurosciences Center Research

National Science Foundation, CBET – Gen & Age Rel Disabilities Eng (Award No. 1159626 - Principal Investigator: C.A. Nelson, PhD, PE, Co-PI: J.M. Burnfield, Ph.D., P.T. and L. Gu, Ph.D.)

Following a serious injury or illness, many individuals find it difficult to move as independently as desired. This work partners undergraduate mechanical engineering design teams with disabled individuals as clients annually for five years, with the target of creating new devices to aid in rehabilitation and/or routine daily living. The objectives are to: 1) provide opportunities for undergraduate students to become engaged in socially relevant design projects, with an emphasis on helping/rehabilitating individuals with disabilities to facilitate daily living; 2) cultivate teamwork and project management skills in undergraduate students; 3) leverage dissemination and outreach opportunities to attract more female students to engineering disciplines; and 4) provide undergraduate students with an introduction to entrepreneurship in the context of engineering design.