Dr. Mohamed Samir Hefzy has received the 2006 Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement
Excellence Award for his work with the
Senior Design Clinic in the College of Engineering.
Hefzy, UT professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing
engineering and associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Engineering,
is co-director of the clinic, which has
received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation since 1993. He joined
the University in 1987.
part of their training and education, senior mechanical engineering students are required
to complete a capstone design
course," wrote one nominator. "During this one-semester course, students design, construct
and test an original or
custom-modified device to meet objectives specified by a customer.
"The goal of these projects is to assist
individuals with disabilities enjoy life and to reach toward their maximum potential."
Hefzy and the students
receive ideas for projects from the Medical University of Ohio, the Ability Center
of Greater Toledo, St. Vincent Mercy
Medical Center, UT Office of Accessibility and Metro Health Center of Cleveland. They
have completed 81 projects.
it wasn't for Dr. Hefzy, hundreds of people couldn't get into their own home, or race
on a wheelchair track or field teams,
get a drink of water, get into a pool at UT, ride an adapted bike in the park, or
play in an adapted playground," wrote one
Hefzy received $750 and a plaque Friday night at the academic awards dinner.