Students in a UNM biomedical engineering course are making groundbreaking innovations for biomedical and medical areas.

The class, BME 598: Adaptive Design for the Community, partners undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields with need-knowers in our community who have identified an area that might be considered compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but aren’t ADA-friendly. The students are gaining experience from practicing occupational and physical therapists, teachers, engineers, marketing and patent experts in order to design and create innovative ideas. These ideas are focused on adaptive the environment around the person through new devices developed in the course.

The Adaptive Design Challenge created by the class aims to spark new innovation and interest in adaptive design here at UNM. Members of the UNM Adaptive Design class will be hosting their first interactive, pop-up style one day event called the Adaptive Design Challenge at the end of this month. The event will include demonstrations of prototypes that students have developed in response to real challenges faced by students, staff, faculty, and visitors to UNM who have disabilities. The prototypes will be available for trial and feedback in order to help the students improve their designs so that we can improve the accessibility of public spaces like UNM for persons with disabilities.

Read more about the mission of the Adaptive Design Challenge in the full article here:

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