Student engineering projects aid disabled

Event and design program sponsored by the New York State Industries for the Disabled

ALBANY — A symposium for student engineering projects designed to assist the disabled concluded Wednesday with top prizes for three entries:

  • First place ($15,000) went to SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Utica campus) for the Hi-Cone Six-Pack Remover, which will eliminate workplace barriers at ARC Oneida within their packaging plant, where workers remove plastic six-pack yokes from beer cans shipped to the facility by local breweries. 
  • Second place ($10,000) went to Rochester Institute of Technology for the Hilltop Bottle and Container Return, a more efficient recycling process that will allow for increased container intake at ARC of Livingston-Wyoming.
  • Third place ($5,000) went to Cooper Union for the Serve and Go Wheelchair Attachment, which helps individuals with cerebral palsy who work at Grab & Go Cafe at UCP of NYS deliver food and drinks to customers throughout the office building. 

The event and the design program was sponsored by the New York State Industries for the Disabled in an effort to increase awareness of the needs and potential of the disabled as well as to better serve NYSID client agencies such as ARC and UCP.

A greenhouse irrigation system designed by a Union College student at Schenectady ARC’s Rotterdam greenhouse did not make the top three in the competition.

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