Designing prosthetics

Students designed and prototyped pneumatically controlled prosthetic devices that one day could be used to assist individuals who have lost a limb. They learned about some of the efforts underway to restore functionality from Professor Amy Wagoner-Johnson’s lab while coming up with their own ways to augment this immerging technology. Their devices moved with air pressure to power these artificial muscles, Professor Sam Tewfick helped the participants integrate the artificial muscles into their devices. The participants were captivated at how engineering can change people’s lives in meaningful ways. One said “I am so much more serious about engineering now, seeing how we can help others and really make a difference in the world.”

Students describing their prototype for a prosthetic device
Students describing their prototype for a prosthetic device