UC graduate Makenzie Timmerman said they used a computer-drafting program to design the lift and built a prototype out of wood. The final version was made from aluminum and stainless steel with a heavy cable and winch that requires little force to raise or lower the rack.
"The winch was the important part," UC graduate Noah Shaefer said. "We had to find just the right one."
They assembled the lift at UC's Victory Parkway campus with assistance from the engineering firm R.A. Jones based in Covington, Kentucky. The students, all recent graduates, delivered the winch to Donnelly in May.
Donnnelly was impressed.
"This is really nice," he said, leaning over to take a closer look at the Bearcat logo laser-cut into the frame.
“They were over to the house three or four times taking measurements. There was a tremendous amount of engineering that went into it,” Donnelly said. “You can tell it’s well-designed just looking at it.”
Donnelly said these projects make a big difference to the people they help.
“This will give me some newfound freedom. I can go places I couldn’t go before with the scooter,” he said.
UC engineering graduate Lincoln Wassink said he was grateful to work on a senior capstone project that made a real-world impact.
"A lot of what we do is theoretical or in the classroom," Wassink said. "But when QL+ said the project they had in mind would help someone, especially a veteran, it made the effort completely worthwhile."