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About Us

Enabling Engineering is a student organization that designs and builds low-cost devices to improve the lives of older adults, individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, and the caregivers who assist them. Our projects aim to empower affected individuals by giving them greater independence, reducing medical burdens, and increasing social connectedness.

Our projects are open to students of all ages. Whether you're a fifth year who's already heard about Enabling Engineering, or a first year looking for an interesting club to join, we can use your help. To hear about some of last year's projects and learn how you can be a part of one this year, come to our meeting for new members this Wednesday, September 21st, at 7pm in 305 Shillman. You should also fill out this registration form to get on our mailing list.

As a member of Enabling Engineering, you'll gain design experience, use your skills to make a difference in a disabled person's life, and connect with students and faculty from engineering and health sciences at Northeastern. Here are some group highlights from the last year:

  • The Sensory Cube and Positioning Pads projects were completed and delivered to the For His Children orphanage in Ecuador. These projects enable communication and posture support in children with disabilities — joint work with Northeastern Physical Therapy Profs. Lorna Hayward and Susan Ventura.
  • The X-MAX Video Game Controller team built a system that enables a boy with cerebral palsy to play video games on his Xbox 360. This prototype was tested by the end user.
  • The Smart Walker project designed a walker that supports faster rehabilitation by giving real- time feedback about the degree to which a user is relying on the walker — joint work with Prof. Juan Aceros, University of North Florida.
  • The GlucoSense project designed a salivary glucose monitoring system that monitors glucose levels non-invasively. This project won a prize at Northeastern's ECE Capstone Competition.
  • The Large Lite Brite project delivered a Lite Brite device to the Carter School of Boston. The device helps high school students with disabilities interact with their environment.
  • The WHAM project’s wireless activity monitor won the RISE 2016 award for innovation in undergraduate engineering and technology. The Parkinson’s Cup project created a drinking aid to prevent aspiration pneumonia in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Assigned a 600 sqft lab to house our future activity, starting in Fall 2016
  • Worked with 11 community partners and 8 mentor organizations
  • Supported more than 30 projects, 13 of which were completed
  • Completed video features for 7 projects, which you can find on our Facebook page.