Grace College is now part of the QL Plus Program! Based in Winona Lake, Indiana, Grace has a small, but growing, engineering program. Nolan Jones, adjunct professor of engineering at Grace College, read about projects that were done at another of our partners, San Diego State University. He was intrigued with the program and wanted to provide his students with the opportunity to support disabled veterans and first responders. "We are very excited to partner with QL+ and support injured veterans and first responders who have very specific needs and challenges," said Prof. Jones. "This is a great opportunity for Grace engineers to leverage our faith in Christ along with our engineering abilities to give back and serve others."
Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military academy in the U.S., has joined the QL Plus Program. Dr. David Feinauer, who previously served as the QL+ faculty advisor at our partner Norwich University in Vermont, saw an opportunity to bring QL+ with him when he moved to VMI. "The engineering capstone experience is an important milestone in the education of an engineer—an academic crucible event where the students are challenged and hopefully emerge stronger, more confident, and more prepared for their future careers," said Dr. Feinauer. "As I was faced with designing and supporting students through a capstone experience at VMI, I was excited at the opportunity to bring an authentic and motivating real-life challenge to my students through partnering with QL Plus."
Trine University Innovation 1 and Fifth Third Bank host an annual contest that provides cash prizes to top business and technology ideas. The top prize in the technology division went to the QL+ team working on the Long Pants for Amputees Challenge, known as “RipStop.”
We chatted with John Rosen, Chairman Emeritus, USA Bobsled/Skeleton, about the QL+ Challenge engineering students from Virginia Tech are working on helping veteran Para athletes.
This project has made me more responsible since as a board member, I am more involved with the outreach and planning for the project. I have had to learn how to manage my time, and the added responsibilities have allowed me to become a more assertive and confident person.
If you have an injury or disability and you are a member of the military, a veteran, or a first responder, QL+ has a program that is designed to improve your quality of life at no charge to you.