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ECE student team has won the World Cerebral Palsy 2012 competion for a solar powered wheel chair

April 24, 2013

Dear ECE Community,

Please see the exciting announcement below from Prof. Mool Gupta and his student team. Definitely watch the video when you get the chance - a great project!

Congratulations, all!! John

Judging Summary

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From: Mool Gupta Date: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Subject: Fwd: World CP Day Competition Results - Solar Powered Wheelchair

Dear George: I am happy to share the news that our UVa student team (Dennis Waldron, ECE/NIA, Duncan McGillviray, ECE/NIA, Craig Ungaro, ECE/NIA, Ankit Shah, ECE/NIA, Maria Michael, MAE and Kim Kyung, MAE) has won the World Cerebral Palsy 2012 competion for a solar powered wheel chair with retractable panels (see note below). We thank the SEAS Experiential Programs and funding from Linwood "Chip" Lacy whose generosity make these programs possible. The project was supported by Lacy funding, use of my faculty funds and industry support. The project provided a unique experience in education, team work, character building and importance of the charity. We also thank NIA for their help to the students in preparation of the video. The prize money of $20k that we have been awarded will be donated back to support the World CP Organization. We also plan to donate the wheelchair developed under the project to an individual in Turkey with Cerebral Palsy. I hope everyone will take few minutes to watch the video on the following website to appreciate what the students have accomplished as a team.

Thank you.

Dr. Mool C. Gupta
Langley Distinguished Professor & Director for NSF I/UCRC Laser Center
University of Virginia National Institute of Aerospace 100 Exploration Way, Suite 214
Hampton, VA 23666-6147

Phone: 757-325-6850 Fax: 757-325-6988


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