The visit by Roger Gonzalez, President of LIMBS, International on November 20, 2013 was a huge success. Gonzalez’s presentations were attended by a diverse audience including faculty members from the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), from ENHP's physical therapy and prosthetics/orthotics programs, along with staff and local clinical collaborators. More importantly, a diverse group of students attended, including a team of STEM high school students, an upper level biomedical engineering class, a graduate level physical therapy class, and a freshman undergraduate engineering class. The topics were provocative and generated great discussions around issues of product development and teaching strategies.
The day was also scheduled with targeted project-based meetings. A biomedical engineering student and faculty team, focused on developing a prosthetic foot made with materials available in developing countries, met with Gonzalez. The team presented results on their mechanical testing of bamboo designs. A second team, composed of physical therapy, prosthetics/orthotics, and visual communications design faculty and students presented their rehabilitation education material and discussed future steps of research testing at international sites.
Roger Gonzalez (left) pictured with faculty members and students in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.