COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES

QL+ Program Manager:

Scott Huyvaert

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COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES

Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. With the highest admission standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the United States, “Mines” as the school is known, has been setting the standard since its founding in 1874. Producing industry-ready scientists and engineers, Mines students are well known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability, and team focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving many of the major technical and societal challenges of our times. Tenacity, talent, dedication, accountability, and social responsibility are hallmarks of this pioneering institution.

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http://ability.mines.edu/design.html

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scott.huyvaert@qlplus.org

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
Projects

Current Projects

MINES: ADAPTIVE FIELD AND STREAM IMPROVEMENTS

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MINES: HANDCYCLE GRIPS

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MINES: TREMOR UTV PLATFORM

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MINES: REINFORCED PANTS AND GLOVES

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MINES: DOG HARNESS

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MINES: ADAPTIVE FISHING IMPROVEMENTS

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MINES: ADAPTIVE SPORT SHOOTING IMPROVEMENTS

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MINES: SYMMETRICAL GRAVITY-ACTIVATED WHEELCHAIR BRAKE

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COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
Projects

Completed Project List

MINES: SOCKET AIR PUMP
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MINES: SOCKET AIR PUMP

QL+ engineering students from Colorado School of Mines were tasked with finding a solution for a transtibial amputee to minimize the number of times his prosthetic would need to be removed for volumetric adjustment throughout the day. The goal was to produce a simple system that could be utilized within existing prosthetic sockets that could accommodate changes in the volume of the residual limb....

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MINES: SOCKET AIR PUMP (2)
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MINES: SOCKET AIR PUMP (2)

The students are tasked with finding a solution for a veteran who is a transtibial amputee to minimize the number of times his prosthetic would need to be removed for volumetric adjustment throughout the day....

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MINES: SOFT SOCKET SHORTIES
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MINES: SOFT SOCKET SHORTIES

QL+ Engineering Students from Colorado School of Mines were challenged to design and create “soft socket shorties” to improve the quality of life of a QL+ Challenger and Army Veteran named Jeremy. Jeremy has been on nine deployments overseas. After safely returning from deployment, Jeremy was hit by a drunk driver in his driveway while loading his truck for a fishing trip. Jeremy is now a bilateral above-the-knee double amputee....

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A group of students with a Challenger holding an American flag
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Mines: Adaptive Mountain Bike

The goal of our capstone project was to provide Humberto Reyna with a recumbent bicycle capable of suiting all of his needs including his goal of qualifying for the National Xterra race....

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MINES: HYPERSENSITIVE HEARING
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MINES: HYPERSENSITIVE HEARING

QL+ engineering students from Colorado School of Mines were tasked with the Hypersensitive Hearing Challenge. The focus of this project was to improve the quality of life of Humberto Reyna, a former North Carolina State Trooper and QL+ Challenger. About nine years ago, Humberto was in a tragic car accident while on duty which left him with a traumatic brain injury. One of the major effects of this accident is that he suffers from hyperacusis (hypersensitive hearing). This hyperacusis greatly limits his ability to be comfortable in a public setting where ambient noise is very loud and painful to him....

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MINES: MANUAL BEACH WHEELCHAIR
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MINES: MANUAL BEACH WHEELCHAIR

QL+ Students from Colorado School of Mines were tasked with the Challenge of designing a wheelchair to traverse the beach for QL+ Challenger and Navy Veteran, Nathan DeWalt. While serving in the Navy, Nathan was injured on a motorcycle while traveling home from a training exercise. Nathan lives in Florida and enjoys spending time with his wife daughters, traversing the beach with his family....

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MINES: CURB NAVIGATION CHALLENGE
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MINES: CURB NAVIGATION CHALLENGE

Velette Britt is an Air Force Veteran, who after a mountain bike accident, became a paraplegic. Despite this, she maintains an active lifestyle—she enjoys skiing and cycles, competitively. Students from Colorado School of Mines were tasked with the Challenge of helping Velette traverse curbs in her wheelchair....

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MINES: ASSISTIVE FISHING CHALLENGE
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MINES: ASSISTIVE FISHING CHALLENGE

This team was challenged to redesign a fishing mechanism for River Deep Alliance. This mechanism had been ineffective for them in the past when working with traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. Currently, no efficient commercial fishing equipment solutions suitable for quadriplegic, paraplegic, and also fully able-bodied users exist....

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MINES: RECUMBENT TRIKE LOADING DEVICE
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MINES: RECUMBENT TRIKE LOADING DEVICE

QL+ Engineering Students from Colorado School of Mines were tasked with designing and implementing a device to assist Veteran Naval Aviator and QL+ Challenger Captain Danny Knutson and his wife, with loading and unloading a recumbent trike from a hitch-mounted bike rack....

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MINES: SYMMETRICAL GRAVITY ACTIVATED WHEELCHAIR BRAKE
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MINES: SYMMETRICAL GRAVITY ACTIVATED WHEELCHAIR BRAKE

Our Challenger prefers to use a manual wheelchair as much as possible. He enjoys the outdoors but gets frustrated going down hills. Hand gripping the brake rail on the wheels quickly wears out gloves and makes it difficult to wear them for warmth....

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COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES: PROSTHETIC ACCESSORIES
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MINES: PROSTHETIC ACCESSORIES

For the last nine months, the Colorado School of Mines Prosthetic Arm Accessories team has been redesigning Taylor Morris’ current right arm prosthetic with the goal of increasing Taylor’s daily independence. This was accomplished through determination from Taylor by installing a pen, Exacto knife, flashlight, laser pointer, and electric barbeque lighter into the arm. The design focus was to keep a low-profile, smooth outer surface prosthetic with all accessories contained inside the outer shell. Additionally, all-electric accessories will be tied into the arm’s current myo-electric battery-powered system, giving Taylor confidence that his accessories will work as long as he follows his current habits and charges the arm at night....

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