April 2016

Gary Wall and Rochelle Dumm, two of the first-year MSPO students received third place in the Enable Makeathon, a design competition hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for their low-cost prosthetic foot design. Their team, the RightFit Prosthetics Initiative, produced the Fuji Foot, the first energy-storing, prosthetic foot with multiaxial capabilities designed for low-resource settings. During the 60-day competition, teams from around the globe developed products for people with disabilities living in rural regions. Out of the 150 teams that applied, 17 were chosen as finalists. At the Demo Day this past week in Bangalore, India, three winning teams were selected. Mobility India came in first place with a sitting/standing modular wheelchair for children with cerebral palsy, and team Aseem came in second with an outdoor attachment for standard wheelchairs.