Graduating senior Jacob Lowe fought through a difficult diagnosis to earn his degree

Growing up, Jacob Lowe would watch his dad create designs and tinker with objects. His dad even built his own business based on his designs. It led Lowe to industrial design, where he too could work on designing products. But after his freshman year, Lowe was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes weakness and atrophy of the limb-girdle muscles. It was a difficult diagnosis to get, which can make getting around much more difficult. But with the support and encouragement of his family, Lowe continued to work toward his degree, even designing a new type of wheelchair tricycle as part of a senior project.