College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 06:33:20


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600 461 012

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


For our honors project we intend to create a new urban mobility solution. They are called Zip Shoes; they will be a pair of shoes with built in propulsion. We plan to use our cumulative engineering knowledge to modify an existing pair of shoes such that they can safely propel the user on wheels. We hope to achieve this by adding an electric drive train and necessary structural components onto the shoes. We are pursuing this project because we have seen the popularity of other electronically driven personal transportation devices. These include the hover board, electric skateboards, and electric scooters. However, all of these devices are bulky and cannot be worn by the user when entering a building. We hope our design project fulfills this need for the end user. We also hope to maintain similar usability to the previously mentioned examples. Ultimately, the goal of this project is to deliver a fun and unique product that was designed using the skills we've obtained as mechanical engineering students at the University of Akron.

Research Sponsor

David Peters

First Reader

Gopal Nadkarni

Second Reader

Kai Kwon

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer



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