Stance Control Prosthetic Knee
Prosthetic knees designed for the developing world have to be simple and rugged, and typically these prosthetic knees are only stable when the leg is fully extended and knee is locked. If an amputee attempts to walk when the knee is bent, as would be normal on rough terrain, the prosthetic knee cannot support the weight and will buckle with the individual most likely falling. Buckling is more than a mechanical problem for the individual. It is psychologically draining to attempt to walk on a prosthetic leg that can't be trusted.
Our team's goal is to design and test an anti-buckling prosthetic knee concept that could be used in the developing world.
Your gifts will help us reach this ambitious goal.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kotaro Sasaki
Team Members: Michael Hildebrant, David Schroeder, Phil Thiessen, Robby Bundy, Christa-Bella Ishimwe, Aaron Panagotopulos