Fits in Trunk!
University of Minnesota
Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Class
Capstone Project 2004
- Peter Bohl
- Mandi Eggers
- Eric Michaelson
- Thor Shellum
- Angela Tardy
Students from the University of Minnesota’s Mechanical engineering Senior Design course developed design concepts and a prototype for a Watercraft Transfer Mechanism under Goodwin’s supervision.
This was their final Capstone Project through the University of Minnesota.
The project goals were to develop a portable transfer mechanism to make it easier for individuals with mobility impairments to get in and out of boats. It needed to accommodate the height discrepancies of a dock and boat, and fit into a trunk or on a roof rack for transport. The students devised a rail system, with a seat that pivoted and a crank mechanism to hoist the seat upwards.
Following the project, BlueSky Designs submitted a grant proposal and was awarded a Phase 1 SBIR grant from the USDA in part based on the earlier research this team completed.
Peter Bohl works at First Cut, a prototype house in the Twin Cities. For a couple years, he worked at BlueSky Designs; he was instrumental in the launching of our Mount’n Mover product and served as our Production Manager–managing vendors and QC, and providing tech support to customers.
Mandi Frost (Eggers) is a Senior Quality Engineer at CR Bard in Arizona.
Thor Shellum has landed his dream job as an engineer for Surly Bikes. Check out his work bio.
Angela Tardy is a Continuous Improvement Engineer at Kraft Food Groups in Ohio.
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