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Mario Bollini: Wheelchair Design for Developing Countries

Mario Bollini ’09 Course 2 participated in the MIT Public Service Fellowship program, the MIT IDEAS Competition, and in the service learning class, SP. 784, Wheelchair Design for the Developing World. Mario helped design the Figure-Eight drive train, a multi-geared system for mobility-impaired handcycle users that allows them to switch between two gear ratios when traversing various types of terrain in Kenya. Mario was also part of the IDEAS Team, Leveraged Freedom Chair, which received the International Technology Award in 2008 for their design of a wheelchair that can be used indoors and then switched over to lever-powered mode for more efficiency over rugged terrain.

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