Peck School of the Arts students Becky Yoshikane, Fred Kaems, Calvin T. Rupnow, and Sara Shuler have won $10,000 to further develop their project, "Next Step," a prosthetic leg fairing that extends functionality and individuality for amputees.
After consulting with former U.S. Marine, Sgt. Rodriguez, who lost his leg fighting in Afghanistan, the group sought to create a unique covering for his leg that restores body symmetry and helps to prevent the undesired sympathy and attention from strangers. As stated in an interview with Sgt. Rodriguez, "I want my prosthetic to be unique with the cover. I would like it to add character instead of making people feel sorry; I want them to say that it is cool!"
Under the guidance of Associate Professor Frankie Flood, the group submitted their project and won the 2015 InfyMakers competition! Better yet, the group plans to publish the design and assembly directions for anyone to download (free of charge) and print at home in less than 24 hours using 3D printing technologies.
Just one Peck School example of students and faculty engaging the greater community in their creative research and application.
See the full list of winners.