Who are we?

GDAT (Global Design of Assistive Technology) is a team of students at Purdue University who work with non-profit organisations in Ireland. Their mission is to build solutions to the problems that users of assistive technology face on a daily basis.

We are a subgroup of the EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Group at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Our Teams


Slainte started in Fall 2014 partnering with Croí House after a group of Purdue Biomedical Engineering Students brought back project ideas from the 2014 Maymester in Ireland. Croí Hous is a nonprofit organization in Ireland that focuses on heart health and stroke recovery. One of their programs is an obesity management program that works with the patient’s waist circumference over time. Slainte was created to make a device allows the patient to continue their improvement in waist size at home after the end of the program.

The original group debated different ideas of what the device should look like, and what was necessary to ensure the comfort and ease of the user, and how to make the device measure and record improvement. Eventually it was decided that the device that attaches to the wall to allow the patient to wrap the tape around their waist and can then be removed from the wall. In order to make the device measure electrical components were chosen. An app was decided on to record and show changes in waist size overtime.

By the end of Spring 2015 the team created a functional prototype and demonstrated it to Croí House during the 2015 Maymester. After receiving positive feedback and constructive criticism the team will continue working to address the concerns of Croí House to provide a better, more accurate product for their users.


At risk patients need a comfortable cardiac screening experience that enables them to easily enter and exit the exam bed because anxiety and discomfort should not be added to the patient's existing stress when facing a potential illness or medical complication.


Atalantia started in Fall 2014 partnering with Croí House after a group of Purdue Biomedical Engineers brought back project ideas from their 2014 Maymester in Ireland. Croí House is dedicated to helping stroke rehabilitation and preventing cardiac disease throughout their community. Atalantia was created to help Croí House with their Stroke Rehabilitation program by providing a way for patients to continue their therapy from home after it was no longer absolutely necessary for them to come into the Croí House clinic but still could use the therapy.

Originally, through the Maymester project designs the team had started working on force based balance rehabilitation devices but after conducting research and interviews of our own and with the guidance of Dr. Jeffery Haddad the team moved towards optical sensors to create 3D visual therapy programs. This is based on providing a wider range of therapy due to the complex nature of strokes and the reality that each stroke victim is effected in a different way. Not all stroke victims need balance therapy so the team wanted to hit a broader spectrum of therapy. The project utilizes the Leap Motion to create therapy focused on manual dexterity and cognitive functionality in the hands in the form of an interactive VR game.

The project is now working towards building games which simulate exercises that the patient would play to achieve a goal as part of the game. This allows them to increase both cognitive and physical ability over time. We currently have a working UI and basic game controls and are going to adding more functionality to the exercises and the game.


Fearthainn started in Fall of 2016 and is partnered with Enable Ireland. Enable Ireland is a nonprofit organization that works to maximize the independence of their partners. Our expert at user is Michelle Gaynor, a powerchair user living in Dublin Ireland who finds it difficult to commute in the harsh weather of Ireland, as her current form of weather protection is a poncho. Our goal is to provide Michelle with a fully functional and autonomous rain cover attachment for her powerchair, to further maximize her independence as she lives and works in Ireland.


The Bus Buddy app design project was initialized during the May semester of 2015 by GDAT from the 2015 Global Engineering Design Ireland Maymester Study Abroad course, partnering with Enable Ireland, a non-profit organization benefiting children and adults with disabilities. The Bus Buddy app is a project specified for Christina, the client of Enable Ireland. Christina lives in Dublin, Ireland, and has requested a device that aids her ability to navigate the Dublin bus system independently. The 2017 team received the reopened project and began to develop concepts for a solution. The team has continued to develop new and improved concepts compared to the 2015 team who only looked at an app solution. The previous teams did not have the ability to code an app in the Swift coding language, but created an outline for how the app should function. The project will be easier if we focus on one of the problems our partner faces rather than navigation as whole. This semester, the Turas team was organized again with new members. Our new team consists of five members: Prince Attah, Nicole Hentrup, Evan Jamieson, Dana Moryl, Jeb Shaw. After receiving feedback from the team that visited Ireland in the Maymester, our team decided to either develop a device that our project partner could carry that could interact with a sign on top of the bus shelter or an app that would interact with the sign. They have researched RFID and bluetooth that could help our project partner signal bus drivers. After our research, we spent time brainstorming potential solutions to present to Christina for approval. Once we get feedback from Christina, we will start building rough prototypes of the solution that she selects. We hope to have a functioning prototype delivered in the Spring semester, our partner has not been given a solution for man years.

Meet The Team

Project Partner: Croi House

Croi House is one location of the non-for-profit organization Croi, located in Galway, Ireland. Their mission is to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. Three GDAT teams work with Croi on various projects, in order to aid in therapy, rehabilitation, and more comfortable medical testing situations. More information on each individual project is available on their pages.

Project Partner: Enable Ireland

Contact Us

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering

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Purdue University
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