Jon Monett, a former senior executive in the CIA and US Air Force Veteran, established QL+ in 2009. Mr. Monett was inspired to found QL+ after viewing the feature film, Fighting for Life, a documentary directed by Academy Award-winning director, Terry Sanders, and produced by Tammy Alvarez.
Fighting for Life is a powerful, sobering and emotional documentary about American military medicine. It chronicles individual stories of service members as they rehabilitate from injuries sustained in combat; specifically, it follows 21-year-old Army Specialist Crystal Davis from Iraq to Germany to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as she overcomes the loss of her right leg.
For Mr. Monett, the film highlights the fact that today, fewer people are killed in war, but many more sustain serious injury or loss of limbs. These wounded warriors need dedicated help to overcome the daily challenges of their life-altering disabilities. Mr. Monett was motivated to use his expertise and personal resources to develop solutions for these men and women.
Mr. Monett combined two of his lifelong passions in creating QL+. His professional dedication to creating engineering solutions that support USG military and intelligence objectives. His commitment to supporting his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University, recognized as one of the nation’s premier engineering universities.
The QL+ Laboratory was dedicated at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in March 2009. Students from multiple engineering disciplines work under the guidance of experienced faculty members to design and develop innovations that improve the quality of life of those who have served our country.
Mr. Monett visits The QL+ Laboratory regularly but lives in McLean VA, where the QL+ Business Office is located.
The QL+ Laboratory is a hands-on education center, dedicated to the application of real-world engineering principles through ‘learning by innovating’. The pioneering Lab is located at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California – America’s top feeder school to the defense aerospace industry, second only to the US Military Academies. The Laboratory is wholly funded by the QL+ Program.
Here, some of America’s best and brightest young engineers collaborate closely with wounded Veterans, under the guidance of experienced faculty and staff, to develop innovative, transformative adaptive technologies as part of their educational curriculum. The experience is beneficial for everyone involved:
Solving these challenges provides an enhanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational experience; students from multiple engineering disciplines work together on meaningful projects with real-world applications. Most importantly, injured patriots regain the ability to live, to work and to play to their full potential.
QL+ Projects produce innovative solutions to the issues experienced daily by individuals with service-related disabilities. The technology developed enables our nation’s heroes across all aspects of their daily lives. QL+ solutions may serve a broad disabled population, a smaller subset, or even the specialized needs of a single individual.
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To foster and generate innovations that aid and improve the quality of life
of those injured in the line of duty in service to our country.