Millions of people with disabilities in developing countries across the globe are in need of wheelchairs. However, a wheelchair simply isn’t effective if it does not work for a person. Enter the LETU Wheels team – LeTourneau students researching wheelchair function for people with disabilities in low income settings. Our goal at Wheels is to improve the lives of people with disabilities by providing feedback to wheelchair manufacturers specializing in low resource settings. We do this through field studies in Kenya as well as studies here on campus.
Trip Dates: May 9-31
2017-2018 WHEELS Team Members:
Heather Bane - Senior - Psychology
I joined Wheels because it is an opportunity to help solve a problem that, unlike many, is one that can be solved. It's the perfect marriage between science and ministry.
Joseph Bowen - Freshman - Biomedical Engineering
I’m excited to be on the Wheels team to do research and see how I can use the skills God has given me to benefit others.
Bridey Davis - Junior - Kinesiology
As a student working towards becoming an Occupational Therapist I am drawn toward sharing Christ’s love by meeting the practical, physical needs of people. Wheels has shown me how to do that.
Allison Hilbig - Senior - Computer Science & Engineering
I am interested in helping with the software behind data collection, working to write and troubleshoot programs with real world impact and knowing they are being used to help people.
Carissa Zwerg - Freshman - Biomedical Engineering
I have such a heart for improving the lives of people around the world, and want to see my studies impact the less fortunate in any way that they can.
Karen Rispin - Associate Professor - Biology
I love seeing LeTourneau students make a difference in lives through our wheelchair research.
Vicki Sheafer - Professor - Psychology
The Wheels project is a way to use my training in psychological methods and statistics to glorify the Lord and advance the work of His kingdom.
Edward Hamilton - Professor - Physics
My research is a great opportunity to show students that hte physcial sciences aren't just a log of boring textbook problems, but can help address immediate human needs.