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Crank Test

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Loading up
for testing

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2004 Team

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Fits in Trunk!

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Test
Run

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Mandi
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Plunge


University of Minnesota

Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Class

Capstone Project 2004

Team members:

  • Peter Bohl
  • Mandi Eggers
  • Eric Michaelson
  • Thor Shellum
  • Angela Tardy

The Project

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.

Project Highlights
This video of them testing the Mount’n Mover
Where are they now?
Off on adventures in Mechanical Engineering!
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.

Eric Michaelson is working at Cardinal Health in Process Engineering.

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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