2012-2013 Updates

July 2013

Congratulations to 2nd year MSPO student, Michael Socie, recipient of the 2013 Dan McKeever Scholarship which awards $1,000 to only three O&P students across the nation. Mike was awarded the scholarship based on high academic achievement, leadership qualities, and financial need.

MSPO student Lauren Levey (MSPO class of 2014) and PhD student with focus on Prosthetics and Orthotics, Tracy Norman presented research on the use of lower limb prosthesis technology and clinical practitioner career opportunities in the profession of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Perimeter College.

MSPO students Megan Crawford, Seth Smith and I-Ting Chuang (class of 2014) served as hosts and presenters in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. The event was held in conjunction with Emory University Medical School and involved a site visit to the MSPO facilities at Georgia Tech where high school students from around the U.S. engaged in design and fabrication of orthoses and prostheses as well as learning from wearers of the technology.

June 2013

The MSPO program is proud to work with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Ossur in helping enable persons with lower limb loss to achieve greater mobility. This will be achieved through a clinic held at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center on Saturday, June 1 and lead by Dr. Robert Gailey, PhD, PT and Peter Harsch, CP. Click here for more details.

May 2013

Robert Kistenberg (MSPO faculty) recently partnered with an industry developer of upper limb prosthesis technology to design, create, fit and tune upper limb prosthesis systems for Aimee Copeland. Aimee is a young adult with multiple limb loss who has overcome unique challenges. To view the video of Aimee’s journey in initially adapting the new technology system to her needs, click here.
UPDATE: Aimee Copeland gets new high-tech hands (NBC News)

MSPO faculty Geza Kogler presented his research on the use of ultrasonography as a diagnostic clinical tool in determining tissue behavior and stiffness characteristics of the foot at The Orthotics Technology Forum. The forum was an international event held at Georgia Tech to address digital technology relevant to the design and fabrication of foot orthoses. Click here for more details.

April 2013

Congratulations to the Outstanding Capstone Research Award Winner, Darren Bolger (MSPO 2013) for his research entitled, “A tale of two legs: maintaining dynamic stability in A-P and M-L directions in persons with unilateral transtibial limb loss”. Darren received a check in the amount of $250, an engraved crystal plaque and his name will be engraved in the outstanding capstone research award plaque that chronicles all past award winners and which will be displayed in the School of Applied Physiology. The award was presented at the conclusion of the annual Prosthetic and Orthotic Research Symposium, held at the Georgia Tech Stamps Student Center Commons Theater on Friday, April 19.

Congratulations to Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) on the publication of a research manuscript in which she was the primary author and which appears in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. The full reference is:
Irolla C, Rheinstein J, Richardson R, Simpson C, Carroll K. Evaluation of a graduated length prosthetic protocol for bilateral transfemoral amputee prosthetic rehabilitation. J Prosthet Orthot Apr 2013:25:2:84-88.

March 2013

MSPO students Darren Bolger (class of 2013) and Lauren Levey (class of 2014) participated in a panel discussion at the Georgia Tech Pre-Health Conference. In the conference, the students discussed a career in the Prosthetics and Orthotics profession.

MSPO students in the class of 2014 (Mike Socie, Connie Chien and Lauren Levey) traveled to Brookwood High School (a school in the northern Atlanta area). There they spoke with students in an advanced science class on how the profession of Prosthetics and Orthotics applies science principles.

On March 23, the 3rd annual Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology Award was presented by Christopher Hovorka, co-director of the MSPO program at the 65th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair held in Athens, Georgia. The award was presented to Anand Srinivasan, an 11th grade student from Roswell High School for his research entitled, “Skynet: Modeling Spatiotempral Systems with Recurrent Neural Net”. Anand’s research was selected as the best project in the senior division that enhances the capabilities of persons with physical challenge caused by trauma, disease, or congenital disorder. The award consists of a plaque, a check in the amount of $250.00, and an invitation to the student, his family and his science teacher for a personalized visit with Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Physiology faculty and students in the Prosthetics and Orthotics and related programs.


Christopher Hovorka (right) presents the 2013 Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology Award to Anand Srinivasan (left) for his winning research.

February 2013

MSPO students Mike Socie, Connie Chien and Lauren Levey (class of 2014) spoke with the freshman in the Georgia Tech course, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering where they discussed use of engineering concepts in design and use of Prostheses and Orthoses.

Faculty members cited in the March 2013 edition of the O&P Edge:

  • Christopher Hovorka, “Outcomes measures: are we there yet?” Read more here and flip to pages 38-46.
  • Christopher Hovorka, “Walk this way gait assessment technology steps forward” Read more here and flip to pages 48-50.
  • Robert Kistenberg, “Prosthetic liners and sleeves” Read more here and flip to pages 70-76.

Georgia Tech and the MSPO program represented at American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23:
-Mark Holowka (MSPO 2004) “Treatment options for the neuromuscular spine”
-Lee Childers (MSPO 2007, PhD 2011) “Does a prosthetic leg provide a Paralympic athlete with an advantage in the individual pursuit?” and “Lower limb sports prostheses”
-Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2011) and Mark Geil, PhD (adjunct faculty) “Minimizing bracing in the treatment of idiopathic toe walking”
-Geza Kogler (faculty) “Presentations of ongoing research at Georgia Tech”
All members of the current 1st and 2nd year classes of MSPO students attended the meeting.

January 2013

Christopher Hovorka received the 2012 Educator Award from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Research and Education Foundation (OPERF) to support his PhD dissertation research.

Congratulations to MSPO faculty for contributions to The Rehabilitation Specialists Handbook, 4th ed. 2013.

  • Christopher Hovorka and Geza Kogler co-authored the chapter on “Principles of Orthotics”
  • Robert Kistenberg authored the chapter on “Principles of Prosthetics”
November 2012

MSPO faculty Robert Kistenberg was highlighted in the recent edition of the Georgia Tech Faculty/Staff Newspaper known as The Whistle. Click here to read the article.

Prosthetics and Orthotics program faculty member Christopher Hovorka’s research regarding the influence of a rocker profile in subjects using an ankle foot orthosis footwear combination was cited in the November issue of the O&P Business News. Click here to read more.

Richard Welling (MSPO 2005), Kristin Carnahan (MSPO 2008) and Denise Larkins (MSPO 2009) were chronicled in the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine regarding their volunteer efforts at an adventure camp for children with limb loss.Click here to read more and then click on the heading “Amputees Find Confidence Through Adventure”.

October 2012

MSPO Student Wins Award for Outstanding Research:
Marina Musicus (MSPO 2012) was recognized at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s annual assembly in Boston, MA and received the Lucille Becker Award for Research in the discipline of Orthotics. Click here to see more and go to page 28.

Faculty in the Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech Participate in Planning Major International O&P Event
Faculty Robert Kistenberg and Geza Kogler participated in planning the Orthotics and Prosthetics World Congress that will be held as a major international event next year in Florida.Click here to see more and go to page 29.

September 2012

Georgia Tech and the MSPO program were well represented at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s Annual Assembly held in Boston, Massachusetts from September 6-9:
Marina Musicus (MSPO 2012) provided the following poster presentation of her research that was mentored by Christopher Hovorka:
Characterizing Changes in Plantarflexor Activity in Response to Orthotic Ankle Constraint.
In addition, Marina was presented the Lucille Becker Award for the Best Student Research Poster in the Discipline of Orthotics. The award provides a $500 cash honorarium in addition to an all expense paid trip to Boston to present her research at the Annual Assembly.

Geza Kogler served as coordinator and delivered the following podium presentations in the Pedorthic Education Session:

  • Biomechanics in Pedorthic Care Pressure Redistribution in the Forefoot with Metatarsal Supports and Reliefs
  • Biomechanics and Clinical Principles The Use of Ultrasound to Assess Plantar Tissue Behavior and Stiffness Properties in the Midfoot.

Christopher Hovorka delivered the following podium presentations:

  • Movement Patterns during Walking are Influenced by Design Features of a Rocker Profile Sole
  • Neuromuscular Activity Increases with Orthotic Constraint of Motion – Emerging Evidence.

Congratulations to Geza Kogler for his recent award of a multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund development and assessment of an externally powered lower limb orthosis system that will enhance sit-to-stand capabilities for persons with impaired lower limb function.

August 2012

Christopher Hovorka highlighted some of the research conducted at Georgia Tech’s Prosthetics and Orthotics program involving lower limb movement behaviors of persons wearing lower limb orthoses and prostheses in an article entitled, “Mastering Our Future”. The article appeared in the August issue of The O&P Almanac Magazine. Click here to read the article and go to page 21.