BU students put their knowledge to the test

By Brandi Bailey

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 11:41 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University's bioengineering students put their years of study to a final test that has real-world implications.

Students chose from a list of possible projects at the beginning of the year to work on as their senior year capstone projects.

For Erin Barnes and her teammates, the choice spoke for itself.

They worked with a girl name Maddie who has mitochondrial disease, which in Maddie's case, makes her body overheat.

The group took a cooling vest she was already using and redesigned it to better fit and cool her body for extended periods of time.

"When she's generating a lot of heat and her temperature is rising and she's becoming feverish in the heat, it provides the ability for her to cool her skin temperature," Barnes said.

The group says Maddie's previous vest only cooled her body for up to 2 hours. The new vest, which fits underneath her clothing, will last up to 4 hours.

Other projects covered at the capstone presentations include a shopping cart mobility device, a pill dispenser project, and a medical diagnosis project with UHS.