Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

May 13, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Video: Baylor engineering students create a swing to help a local child with special needs

Waco’s KWTX recently reported on a group of Baylor engineering students who used their senior capstone project to improve the life of a local child with special needs. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Garland, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Ian Gravagne, associate professor of electrical & computer engineering, the students designed a custom swing for seven-year-old Camille Witt, who was born with a genetic condition that limits her mobility. Camille is the daughter of Dr. Jason Witt, the associate director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.

While the finished product may look simple, its design was more complicated than it might appear because the swing needed to be not only stable and motorized, but also able to Camille’s weight all the way through adulthood.

In isolation, Gravagne says, either of these specifications can be easily met — standard playground swings can support adults and common baby swings are motor-driven — but in combination, they present more of a challenge. Continue Reading →

May 11, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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USRA announces undergraduate scholarship opportunities

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The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is currently accepting applications for its annual undergraduate scholarship program. The program provides up to four scholarships per year to students who have demonstrated interest in careers in space or aeronautics related science, research or education. Each awarded student receives a one-time, $4,000 scholarship.

Applications to the program are due by August 12, 2016, with letters of recommendation from the applicants’ references due one week later. More information on the program is available on the OVPR website.