The ASME Walking Rehabilitation Device project aims to apply engineering knowledge learned in class and use it to solve real world problems. So far, we are the first and only medical devices project in the University of Puerto Rico's Mayaguez Campus, setting the standard for all whom follow in our footsteps. We have fifty percent male and fifty percent female team members, making us one of the few projects in mechanical engineering to be perfectly balanced in terms of diversity. The members of the project have the opportunity to work in filing a patent on the design, an experience unheard of in a mechanical engineering project here at UPRM. Other firsts of the project are: First ME project to make clinical studies and use consumer feedback to conduct better versions of the device. It is also one of the first projects to be fully assembled in CAD software here at UPRM and be sent to a manufacturer, just as in the case of real world engineering, the person who creates the design does not neccesarily manufature it. The project will not conduct traditional fundraising techniques, such as promoting events, selling goods, etc. It will, instead, give members the opportunity to develop their corporate relation skills by each selecting an interested company and working alongside them to bring them on board as our sponsors.
Mechanical Engineering is often seen as a field for aerospace, automotive design, etc. This is true, but Mechanical Engineering is one of the most vast fields of engineering. The project came to be as a result of the demand for a project seeking to solve real world problems in the area of medical devices. Our goal is to solve one of the problems faced by thousands, even millions of people in today's world, ambulation. Ambulatory problems can be a result of many factors including the following: Disease, trauma, accidents, obesity, age etc. We aim to solve these problems by creating a medical device that will be available to as many people as possible with the mission of rehabilitating ambulation. This device will be the first of its kind because it is not aimed at therapeudical centers, but to the actual users. We identified the problem by hearing complaints of people not having enough ambulation therapy, and as a result not aquiring the benefits or results that come from therapy. By making this device accesible to those who need it, their ambulatory problems, after using it constantly, will improve. Studies conducted have very promising results, having patients use the device only three times a week gave them better physical strength and hope that they could recover or get better. Our plan is to create the device and conduct clinical trials and see what results come from continuos usage of said device. By doing so, we will know what improvements must be made for each version.