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Dr. Hensel-Road Map Direction

Interactions with Sponsors

First Sponsor Interview
Interviewers: Jeff Rebmann, Rochelle Perry, Yi Xie
Sponsor: Dr. Hensel
Date 7 April 2009, Hensel's office
Q: Should all 3 of us pursue the roadmap? Or break it off into diff parts?

Its ok to collaborate. Work within and across teams. Me and debartolo are not only looking at developing senior design, but to incorporate smaller projects into classroom application. I want you to bring together projects over the past few year and make sense to them. Common enabling technologies? some needs were not addressed because the project scope was not big enough. Ex) Wheelchair patient couldn't put on shoes, small project, purely mechanical, could be incorporated into a ME class. These small projects are common and should be accounted for. Also want to find out commonalities in the family of projects for NSF. Road map can develop a many opportunities for the assistive devices family. Look at what they need. Where should assistive devices be in 10 years? Be able to support N patients with specialized assistive devices every year.

Ex:

4 easy: Freshman projects 4 moderate: Conerstone 8 tough ones: MDSD

Road Map drawn by Hensel

There are more problems to solve than we have bandwidth to do

What were common challenges for SD teams in the past 5 years?
Many of the assistive devices need device to measure force and angular and linear position movement. Many people focus on this instead of their main project. How about have one team build this mini computer as an enabling technology so that all other teams could use it.

One way do it, find one project that would need a sensor. Have them develop it, along with other customer needs. Find next project that could use the sensor and have them improve it. After a few generations, it could be ready to use on many projects. Improve the foundational technologies and fulfill client needs.

Ultimate goal: apply enabling technologies roadmap to all SD projects.

Mission Statement

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