Faculty Advisor

Abel, Curtis Allen

Faculty Advisor

Dodson, Leslie Lynn

Abstract

This six-month team project analyzed the items WPI students carry on a daily basis, their justification for doing so, and carry weight. We researched musculoskeletal hazards, as well as how specific items enable a student to complete specific tasks or maintain a preferred lifestyle. Student backpacks and bags were analyzed using focus groups, unstructured interviews and Everyday Carry photo documentation methods. Our findings can be used to reconsider and re-design backpacks based on a student’s major, gender and avocations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

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