QL+ Program Manager:
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QL+ engineering students from the University of Cincinnati were tasked with the challenge of designing a hydraulic disc butt brake. The purpose of this challenge is to create an alternative braking mechanism for a bicycle. The challenger for this project is Ashley Crandall. Ashley served six years in the Army and another four in the Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic. Ashley suffers from a weak grip in her hands due to a multitude of health issues. These injuries restrict Ashley’s ability to use the traditional hand brakes on a bicycle. Ashley enjoys riding her bike and has many friends in the cycling community. Because of her injury, Ashley has been unable to participate in cycling events and has lost touch with some of the community. With the Butt Brake, Ashely will be able to get back to doing what she loves....
Our Challenger is Team River Runner Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Team River Runner is a national non-profit organization that provides social and physical activities to veterans and active duty service members through kayaking and boating. Since they provide these services as trips to veterans and service members with a variety of physical and mental disabilities, there are challenges with balance when entering and exiting the kayaks and boats....