Longview, Texas (KETK) —
LeTourneau University was awarded a $250,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation for an interdisciplinary mobility lab (IML) on the university’s Longview campus. The lab will have a focus on international mobility research in an undergraduate setting. Implementation will include a three-way collaboration involving faculty and students in three disciplines: biology, engineering and kinesiology.
This lab will be used by undergraduate biology students in Karen Rispin's Wheels project, by engineering students in Norm Reese's Frontier Wheelchairs project, as well as kinesiology students working with Duane Trogdon in human mobility research.
The Wheels project studies wheelchair users in Kenya and around the world assessing the impact of these assistive devices on human users. Some of the research already done by Rispin and her students has already improved wheelchairs designed for use in less-resourced settings.
The Frontier Wheelchairs team is an engineering capstone design course that adapts wheelchairs in Guatemala to improve their reliability and structural integrity.
“The world-class equipment provided by this Keck Foundation grant will enable LETU undergrads and faculty to collect gold-standard research data that will advance the state of knowledge in assistive technology,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “Their work could also open doors for future funding opportunities. We are thankful for the generosity of the Keck Foundation, which recognized the value of the research in which these faculty members and students are engaged.”
About the W.M. Keck Foundation:
Based in Los Angeles, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W. M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company. The Foundation's grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical, science and engineering research. The Foundation also maintains an undergraduate education program that promotes distinctive learning and research experiences for students in the sciences and in the liberal arts, and a Southern California Grant Program that provides support for the Los Angeles community, with a special emphasis on children and youth from low-income families, special needs populations and safety-net services. For more information, please visit www.wmkeck.org.
About LeTourneau University:
LeTourneau University is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of academic disciplines and delivery models. Students are enrolled in programs on ground at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, as well as hybrid and fully online options at educational centers in Dallas and Houston. Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, psychology, the sciences and theology. Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu .