Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.


A six-year-old student with cerebral palsy is unable to stand on her own due to her condition which inhibits control of motor skills and hinders muscular development. While several commercial standing devices currently exist, these devices do not accommodate for knee flexion and therefore are ineffective for this student. The goal of this project was to design and manufacture an easily operable standing device tailored to her specific needs and school environment. The device will accommodate her growth over the next five years and allows for a wide range of adjustability of both angle inclination of the user’s body as well as the angle support of knee flexion. Initial field tests were successful and the device was met with great satisfaction from the client and her physical therapist.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering