Recent Graduate to Present Senior Design Project to NASA Engineers

By Cathleen Torrisi

nasa2aNew UConn graduate Brian Coleman ’13 (ENG) recently completed a major accomplishment. And not just by graduating as an Honors Scholar with a strong GPA in the demanding biomedical engineering program. His senior design project – a robotic arm – so impressed director of undergraduate biomedical engineering Donald Peterson that he is arranging for Coleman to present it to a team of NASA engineers at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The device, designed by Coleman and his senior design group partners Eric Sands ’13 (ENG) and James Vallieres ’13 (ENG) with support from the Connecticut Space Consortium, can be used to rehabilitate the elbow joint and surrounding muscles in stroke victims.

It has another use, too – preventing muscle atrophy in astronauts who spend time in zero gravity.

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