college of enginering News

News Sentinel: A needed lift: Project helps disabled man, teaches unique lesson to UT students

Rupy Sawhney, Weston Fulton Professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, and a team of graduate students led by Lavanya Marella were interviewed by the Knoxville News Sentinel about their project that is helping Edi Deaver become more mobile. Deaver has cerebral palsy and had to sleep with his shoes on for fifteen years because he was unable to take them off. Through research funds, the engineers were able to buy him a chair lift system and are designing it to fit his specific body movements.