SAME Continues Support to QL+



SAME donates to QL+

SAME Executive Director Dr. Bob Wolff presents a check for $18,000 to Jon Monett, President and CEO of QL+, and Dr. Lily Liaho, QL+ Lab Director.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Dr. Bob Wolff, P.E., F.SAME, SAME Executive Director, presented a check in the amount of $18,000 to Mr. Jon Monett, President and CEO of Quality of Life Plus (QL+) as part of SAME’s ongoing commitment to supporting STEM and wounded warriors.

QL+ is an organization, based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., whose mission is to foster and generate innovations to aid and improve the quality of life of those injured in the line of duty. QL+ engages students at Cal Poly University from multiple engineering disciplines to work under the guidance of experienced faculty members to research and develop innovations to improve the quality of life of those who have served our country.

Cal Poly project

Cal Poly students developed a wheel chair that is made with gears that prevent it from rolling backwards.

SAME has been involved with QL+ since 2011, supporting the research of several innovative devices, notably a Myoelectric Mouse, a Prosthetic Knee-Leg Lift, and an Accessible Cab Entry Lift. SAME’s most recent contribution included $3,500 from SAME HQ, which was donated in lieu of speaker gifts at the SAME FY15 DOD & Federal Agency Program Briefings, held in Bethesda, Md., in March, and the 2014 JETC, held in Orlando, Fla., in May. The remaining $14,500 came from donations from SAME Posts, individual members and Sustaining Member companies over the past seven months.

Major donations (over $100) came from the following Posts, companies and individuals: Detroit Post, Mobile Post, San Diego Post, TDR Construction, Apogee Consulting Group, Sheladia Associates, Southwind Construction, Col. Sal Nodjomian, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Kathy Wilson, CPA, and Heather Wishart-Smith, P.E., F.SAME. More than 100 other individuals and companies contributed amounts up to $100. Thanks to all for your continued support of QL+ and SAME’s wounded warrior outreach.

Cal Poly project

Cal Poly students present their Universal Prosthetic Leg for a Navy Seal amputee, which can be fitted for walking, running and swimming.

Dr. Wolff spent the rest of the afternoon meeting with project teams at the Cal Poly Engineering Expo, where all seniors presented projects to a large audience of faculty, students and families. Two examples of student projects are a universal prosthetic leg for a Navy Seal amputee, which can be fitted for walking, running and swimming as well as a wheel chair that is made with gears that prevent the chair from rolling backwards and is better able to navigate inclines. The students are mostly seniors who are graduating with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

For more information on QL+, visit To learn more about SAME’s wounded warrior initiatives or to make a donation, click here.


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