August 2002

First Class Underway – The world’s first entry-level MS students in prosthetics and orthotics started classes on August 19, 2002. The students have already experienced laboratories in clinical gait analysis at the Georgia Tech Center for Human Movement Studies, observation of surgery in the OR, and education in pathology by leading physicians from Emory University.

International Student Exchange – On Wednesday August 28, the MSPO program hosted a delegation of faculty and students from National Taiwan University. Liang-Wey Chang, Ph.D., P.E. along with several students from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering toured educational facilities and research laboratories and engaged in a dialogue with the first class of MSPO students. Dr. Chang is taking an active role to initiate the P&O research and education in Taiwan, so the students and faculty had lots to share.

MSPO in the News – The new program was recently featured in Georgia Tech’s alumni magazine, Tech Topics, Fall 2002, and in the August edition of Biomechanics magazine. In the September 1 issue of O&P Business News, Gary Bedard, CO, FAAOP noted the following:

“A person considering a career change may want to ask himself or herself if he or she wants to do research or teaching. If so, they should strongly consider the master’s program at Georgia Tech. A graduate degree will give them quite a number of options after they have attained a competent level of clinical experience.”