BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Buena Vista River Front Park

Date: 4/21/15 - 6/20/19
Buena Vista Riverfront Park
Principal Researchers:
 
Location: Buena Vista

The Arkansas River provides ample recreation opportunity in Buena Vista, but the park at the end of Main Street is primarily used for parking and oversize vehicles, with some river access but few amenities and even fewer places to sit and watch the river.

With a program ranging from boat put-ins to a wedding gazebo, we set about creating a park that would draw visitors and residents from the business district down to the park, with Main Street now terminating with an amphitheater and bandstand overlooking the river. We set aside space for a future events center or even Town Hall, along with a dog park, a community garden and ample parking for park users and for Main Street overflow on busy summer weekends.

Project Team: Kate Lucas, Katie Benz, Ross Williams, and Matthew Breen
Local Participants: Brandy Reitter
DOLA Regional Manager: Christy Culp

BIRD Past Research Projects

Buena Vista River Front Park

Date: 4/21/15 - 6/20/19
Buena Vista Riverfront Park
Principal Researchers:
 
Location: Buena Vista

The Arkansas River provides ample recreation opportunity in Buena Vista, but the park at the end of Main Street is primarily used for parking and oversize vehicles, with some river access but few amenities and even fewer places to sit and watch the river.

With a program ranging from boat put-ins to a wedding gazebo, we set about creating a park that would draw visitors and residents from the business district down to the park, with Main Street now terminating with an amphitheater and bandstand overlooking the river. We set aside space for a future events center or even Town Hall, along with a dog park, a community garden and ample parking for park users and for Main Street overflow on busy summer weekends.

Project Team: Kate Lucas, Katie Benz, Ross Williams, and Matthew Breen
Local Participants: Brandy Reitter
DOLA Regional Manager: Christy Culp