The Engineering Program is in the process of developing two revolutionary inventions that, if implemented, will change the lives of many unfortunate people. The first project is portable, relatively inexpensive, water filter for Haitian families that lack clean drinking water. A hand pump will be attached to the device that sucks the water through it, ridding the water of parasites and impurities. The filter will be made for individual families, being able to filter about 15 gallons of water per week. The young engineers have been working on this since this June and are nearing completion.
“This invention will be able to begin to start ridding Haitian drinking water of Collera, one of the most common parasite found in their water.” senior said Armaan Mayani
The second project the Engineering Program is in the progress of completing is a brace for a former Gulliver student that has a C5 spinal injury; this means he cannot move from the waist down and has limited functions of the upper half of his body. The brace, that is in development, will allow him to use a pen, a fork, or a stylus. This brace will also be simple enough for him to put it on without the assistant of another person. If this glove is successfully executed it will not only give this patient independence, but it could lead the future in aiding spinal injury patients.
“We are really determined to do our very best on this project, not only because it will help spinal injury patients, but because we are helping a former Gulliver student that is in need.” said senior Marcos Valdez.
The Engineering Program will be entering both of these inventions in The AbilityOne Network Design Challenge. This contest was founded by NISH (National Industries for the Severely Handicapped) to encourage the development of creative technological solutions for barriers that prevent people with disabilities from entering or advancing in the workplace.
“ We have all worked really hard and I am proud to have been apart of these amazing projects. We all stayed very late hours and tried all different technigs to make sure the investions we creates were not only successful but truely beneficial to the individuals that we are making these inventions for,,” said senior Shayanth Sinnerajah
They will also be displaying these projects on Fed. 29th in the Student Union for the Engineering Showcase, stop by to see these potentially life changing inventions.