Wheels Team

2015-16 Team Members

Kara Huff (Senior, International Business)

My name is Kara Huff and I am an International Business major. I joined the Wheels team because of my interest in international affairs and other cultures. For me, Wheels was cross-disciplinary and allowed me to test my limits and try something new. God has blessed me during my time with this team, and I have been able to grow not only in my knowledge, but also in my spiritual life. I could not be more excited to participate in research that improves the lives of others through assistive technology.

Amy Godinez (Freshman, Kinesiology)

My name is Amy Godinez and I’m a freshman kinesiology major. The Wheels team gave me an opportunity to experience different settings, ways my chosen career path may take me. However, I joined the Wheels team for other reasons as well. I wanted to directly impact lives, and I wanted others to impact my life. I want to make a difference in the world and Wheels is a great start in doing so.

John DiFrancesco (Sophomore, Biology)

My name is John DiFrancesco. I'm a sophomore Biology student looking to go to medical school after I graduate from LeTourneau. What initially drew me to the Wheels project was the way in which the research performed had a practical effect on the lives of disabled children in low-resource settings. As we prepare to go to Kenya, I am excited to see how this trip will broaden my understanding of what it looks like to provide care in low-resourced areas and how it will guide my future as a doctor.

Russell Thurman (Junior, Electrical Engineering)

I am Russell Thurman, Jr. Electrical Engineering student. I joined the Wheels Team to help others and to learn more about wheelchair research. I’m looking forward to traveling to Kenya to work with and learn from people who deal with disabilities and wheelchairs on a daily bases.

Sonia Sosa-Saenz (Junior, Biomedical Engineering)

I’m Sonia Sosa Saenz, a junior biomedical engineering student. I joined Wheels because it provides opportunities to do research as an undergraduate student. Also, it is directly related to my career as a biomedical engineer. Thanks to wheels I have deeper understanding of how important is to get the customer feedback from a design of a product. It is fundamental to know what they like, dislike and their inputs for change.

Faculty Advisor

Karen Rispin

 Associate Professor of Biology,
& Advisor for Pre-Health Tracks

E-mail: KarenRispin@letu.edu
Office: Glaske O-144
Phone: 903-233-3352

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