U of Akron engineering students design prosthetic for 5 year old girl
Five University of Akron biomedical engineering students were honored recently for their volunteer work designing a prosthetic leg for a 5-year-old with a love of dance, according to a university article.“It was such a rewarding project,” said Travis Pero, a member of the biomedical engineering student team that designed the leg. “It was gratifying to see how what we have studied could improve the quality of her life.”
Pero is a BMES member.
The team's first renderings of her prosthesis had too many straps, too many movable parts for someone as active as Audrey, according to the article. The team simplified the design, finally creating a soft cast or “check socket” that provided a snug fit around the ankle and more flexibility higher up, to allow for her growth. It fit well. From that, they created the final prosthesis.
The team was delighted by how they improved Audrey's life.
“We were so touched by her and her story,” noted Pero. “We were really motivated to help her because she was so happy all the time. We all take for granted things like our left foot. Audrey hasn't had that since an early age, yet that's not slowing her down at all. She is inspiring.”
The team included BMES members Steve Conklin and Pero; along with Logan Belew, Nolyn Martz, Will Rasper.