Trinity University Student Engineers Pitch New Inventions To Goodwill San Antonio Executives
Designs include solutions to help lift heavy objects, improve efficiency
SAN ANTONIO (May 2, 2016) - When Trinity University engineering sophomores present their final projects this week, they won’t be pitching to just their professor – they’ll be selling their unique designs to Goodwill San Antonio executives. For more than 10 years, Goodwill San Antonio has partnered with Trinity University to allow engineering students to gain practical experience designing and showcasing products for real-world applications in Goodwill San Antonio’s operations. The goal of the program is to help people with disabilities perform their jobs more safely, easily and efficiently. The focus on overcoming disabilities is critical as more than 87 percent of Goodwill San Antonio’s Contract Services team members have significant disabilities. On May 4, student presentations will include the following projects, among others:
- File Box Assistance Device – A mechanical mechanism helps Goodwill team members carry, lift, lower, load and unload file boxes onto shelves.
- Donation Container Sorting Machine – A special machine allows team members to remove clothing items and other donations from large sorting boxes more easily, improving efficiency in the pricing process.
Media are invited to a special event featuring student project presentations:
Wednesday, May 4, 12-3 p.m.
Trinity University Campus, the Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) building, Bldg. 437 (new wing), Room 282. Parking is available either on Oakmont (street parking), or in visitor spots along the inner parking drive segment that is located north of Rosemont (after you enter Trinity through the Oakmont entrance, take an immediate left and pass in front of CSI building). Campus map: http://bit.ly/1zIs3cB
Goodwill will decide at a later date which projects are feasible for use in the field.
“This program is more than a hypothetical student project or exercise,” said Mark McKeever, Goodwill San Antonio’s Vice President of Contract Services. “Over the past decade, Trinity student engineers have developed multiple products that we have used to help our team members do their jobs more efficiently.”
Examples of previous designs in practice through Goodwill operations include:
- A blinking light system for a weed eater to alert hearing-impaired associates when a crew lead needs their attention.
- An extended pole that reaches up high in trees to paint cut-off branches.
- Lights that attach to a hat and come on automatically when entering a dark room. This leaves hands free to perform maintenance activities.
For its second year, Trinity University is also partnering with San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to design solutions for the visually impaired population.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, you’re funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than tens of thousands of individuals each year. In addition to operating 20 retail stores, 35 donation stations and 13 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, Kerrville, Laredo, New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates 3 Good Careers Academies and manages 17 contracts for the U.S. government for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.
About Trinity University
Trinity University, one of the nation's top private undergraduate institutions, is known for its superior academic quality, personalized attention with outstanding faculty, exceptional resources, real-world preparation, and vibrant campus life. Trinity is a community that encourages students to discover, grow, and become passionate, productive individuals. Located in historic, culturally rich San Antonio, Trinity offers the most relevant education option for talented students today. For more information on Trinity University, click here.