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FUSE: Real World Adaptive Engineering Design

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Project ended on November 16, at 12:00 AM MST
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FUSE: Real World Adaptive Engineering Design

The FUSE PonyUp campaign has closed, but you can still make a gift!

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Real World Adaptive Engineering Design

Highlighted during President Obama’s 2015 visit, FUSE connects and empowers first year engineering students to make an immediate impact in our community. By pairing engineering education with service learning, students immediately understand the vital role their talent and passion has on those most in need. Teams of students are engaging in a human-centered design process of ideating, prototyping, designing, and delivering an adaptive technology for a client with a disability. Past students remark that above all, the most impactful component of their experience was delivering their final product to the client. The humility, compassion, and joy experienced together, with the client, often results in tears, happiness, and a connection unlike any they may experience again. FUSE not only teaches engineering and a design process, it teaches values fundamental to our community.

Since 2009, nearly 800 students have created 187 solutions for community members. Nearly 1,000 lives have been directly impacted by the program in only seven years. Our students highly value this opportunity as it is a great experience that helps them kickstart their career in Engineering. Now, we need your help to make sure we can continue that impact. Each team works with a limited budget of $200 to create their product. This semester, our 17 projects combined will need $3,400 and we’re asking for your support to cover $2,000 of those expenses. Together, we can continue to impact our students and community! Please make a gift, and share with your friends and family!

Featured Project Teams:

         Team Pam                       Team Brooke                    Team Sage  

Team Pam (from left): Liz Altmiller is a sophomore Gaming & Interactive Media Mobile major from Boise, ID. Lionel Lopez is a senior Math major from Mountain Home, ID. Samantha Schauer is a freshman Mechanical Engineering major from Vancouver, WA. Pamela Woodring is a senior Electrical Engineering major from Nampa, ID.

Team Brooke (from left): Jared Budzinski is a freshman Mechanical Engineering major from Puyallup, WA. Eric Mraz is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major with a and minor in Visual Arts from Boise, ID. Carter Anderson is a sophomore Materials Science & Engineering major from Los Angeles, CA.

Team Sage (from left): Marty Martinez is a Gaming & Interactive Media Mobile major from Eagle, ID. Alex Burns is a Mechanical Engineering major from Snoqualmie, WA. Shelby McNeilly is a freshman Mechanical Engineering major from Kuna, ID. Andrea Carrizales is a shopmore Mechanical Engineering major from Boise, ID.

A few of our past projects:

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PVC Pipe

Assist us with prototyping materials by getting us 5 pieces of PVC pipe!


PVC Pipe Connectors

Cover the tinker toys of prototyping by getting us a variety of connectors!


Heat Gun

Help us purchase heat guns to bend the PVC pipe into countless shapes!


Foam Core

Bring project ideas to life by purchasing us a case of foam core for prototyping!


Fund a Project

Cover the entire project costs of 1 student project!


Tools & Workshop Accessories

Help improve the tools and replenish supplies to fabricate prototypes & finished projects including soldering stations, connector systems, rotary tools and replacement of consumables.


Lab Costs for the Class

Fund the entire lab costs to complete the 17 projects in one lab!