EC.722 Prosthetics for the Developing World


Prosthetics for the Developing World

Developing World Prosthetics addresses issues on the basics of human biomechanics, types of disabilities, and available technologies for physical rehabilitation. Topics will focus on prosthetic devices for upper and lower extremities, as well as both developed and developing world techniques for overcoming these disabilities. Multi-disciplinary student teams, with backgrounds in bioengineering, mechanical engineering, material science and medicine, will work with a mentor to research, design, prototype, and test a viable solution. For Fall 2015, we will be collaborating closely with Refugee Open Ware, a humanitarian innovation consortium based in Jordan that is working with Syrian refugees. Projects this semester will focus on needs as specified by this partner organization.

Course Structure: Students learn through weekly lectures the challenges facing developing countries, concepts related to prosthetic and orthotic design, and are introduced to the product design/implementation process. At the beginning of the term, students form teams of three to five who will work together over the course of the semester to design and prototype a technological solution that relates to challenges outlined by our partner organization. Each team will meet weekly, outside of the normal lecture time, with one or more of the course instructors to go over their progress and get feedback. At the end of the course, teams present their outcomes in final written and presented reports.
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Course Structure: Students learn through weekly lectures the challenges facing developing countries, concepts related to prosthetic and orthotic design, and are introduced to the product design/implementation process. At the beginning of the term, students form teams of three to five who will work together over the course of the semester to design and prototype a technological solution that relates to challenges outlined by our partner organization. Each team will meet weekly, outside of the normal lecture time, with one or more of the course instructors to go over their progress and get feedback. At the end of the course, teams present their outcomes in final written and presented reports.

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Taught by Bryan Ranger and Katarina Montzavinou.


Course Information
Instructors: Katerina Mantzavinou, Bryan Ranger
Semester Offered: Fall (Offered since 2008)
Lecture Location: N51-350
Lecture Times: R3-5
Units (credit hours) 2-2-5
Class Size: 20 students
Grading: A/B/C/D/F
Course Student Projects
2011Exo-KneeLow-cost transfemoral prosthesis with mechanism to lock the knee joint during the stance phase and release it during the swing phase
Pediatric PylonA user-modifiable and adjustable pylon for growing patients. Project started in 2010, with new designs for its mechanism this year.
2010Improved Vacuum Cast SystemA more robust and longer lasting vacuum cast system for the developing world
Lego Leg KneeAn affordable, high performance knee prosthesis for communities in the developing world
Paediatric PylonA user-modifiable and adjustable pylon for growing patients made of non-toxic plastics and biodegradable fibers
Shape&Roll Cosmetic CoverDurable, cosmetic shell for the prosthetic Shape&Roll foot
2009Lego LegAffordable transtibial prosthesis assemblable with a set of sheets of carbon fiber and aluminum
Prosthetic HandLow-cost transradial prosthesis with variable mechanical advantage for closing/opening fingers
Shape&Roll FootTranstibial prosthesis made of PP with an adjustable attachment
2008Exo KneeLow-cost transfemoral prosthesis with mechanism to lock the knee joint during the stance phase and release it during the swing phase
Ez KneeCaliper with a mechanism that enables a user to lock his knee by hand
Polio BraceCaliper with mechanism to lock and unlock the knee in the stance and swing phase, respectively