Photos: Custom-made

March 6, 2012 5:41 AM

Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano

A standing support system for a child with cerebral palsy, a guitar-playing aid for a person affected by stroke, a one-hand wheelchair lock for a nursing home resident — these are the kinds of devices developed by Tulane biomedical engineering students to help individuals with disabilities.

The students showed their designs on Saturday (March 3), the result of a two-semester course called Team Design Projects, taught by David Rice, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Lars Gilbertson, professor of practice.

Biomedical Engineering Projects

Senior Elliot Neal, right, explains his team’s project, a standing support system for a child with cerebral palsy, to Carla Seyler, a rehabilitation counselor, and Charles Tubre of the Advocacy Center.

Biomedical Engineering Projects

Tulane alumnus Brian Stewart presses the button on a device designed for his father, Henry, a stroke patient. The environmental controller provides an alarm system to alert family members in an emergency and ways to control lighting and a computer.

Biomedical Engineering Projects

This student team developed a stationary bicycle with sensory feedback for children with autism. Michael Moore, assistant professor of biomedical engineering (from left), discusses the device with student team members Molly Kelly-Goss, Kimberly Larkin, Sarah Davis and Patrick Mackay.

Biomedical Engineering Projects

Students, faculty members and visitors at the event give a round of applause to David Rice, foreground, who is in his final year of teaching the Team Design Projects class. The School of Science and Engineering is holding a design symposium in honor of Rice at 3 p.m. on April 13 in Freeman Auditorium at the Woldenberg Art Center. He plans to retire after 31 years on the faculty.

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