Engineering Class Designs for Real World Application

Students in class, and walking down hall in blind simulation

Students in Bradley’s Engineering Design and Development course are working on a device to aid people who are blind. The device will detect if lights are on in a house/apartment, so he or she can turn them off. The idea was brought to us by a community member who is blind, Ray O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal visited James Desenberg’s classes on Friday, September 28 to speak about his experience and needs as a blind person. Students presented their different designs to him and received O’Neal’s feedback. O’Neal also directed students in how to properly lead people who are blind. As Mr. Desenberg explained, inviting Mr. O’Neal to work with our students reinforces the idea that “part of our jobs as engineers is to improve quality of life and accessibility to all people.”