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Engineering Change Benefits Professionals With Disabilities

April 29, 2020

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

DIAMOND BAR, CA--Two teams of Diamond Bar High School engineering students took top spots in the 2020 SourceAmerica Design Challenge.

Finalists work in partnership with professionals with disabilities to co-design and develop devices for the workplace.

DB Engineers 1st Place winners partnered with Ability Counts Inc., a Corona non-profit organization, to help create a more efficient and effective nut-and-bolt assembly process.

Team members are Jonathan Tan, Akilian Arunachalam, Logan Tan, Joshua Chung, and Nathan Jong.

Their project, called The Fastener, enables employees to assemble five nut and bolt pairs simultaneously – taking their expert’s count from 60 sets to 100 sets per hour.

The color-coded slots and bins and one-push mechanism make it easy to operate, and it has led to greater comfort and consistency across the board.

A second DB Engineers team took the 4th Place award with the design called Trifling with Rifle Badges.

Members Ryan Lou, Gabriel Cha, Brian Hsu, Caitlyn Lee, and Ashley Wan partnered with FRW Industrial Support System.

Employees at the company are tasked with assembling a rifle expert medallion which can be challenging due to limited dexterity and motor skills.  

Their Trifling with Rifle Badges design, a medal aligning device, was implemented using LEAN manufacturing techniques.

The inventions show how ingenuity and collaboration can make lasting impacts for professionals with disabilities at work.

More information is available at: http://www.sourceamerica.org/design-challenge/2020-winners.