(May 31, 2017) The work of four ISE undergraduate students was recently highlighted on several local news stations. Graduating seniors Justin Halper, Niki Khandelwal, and Alex Meholic and rising senior Elena Karakozoff worked with ISE Assistant Professor Dr. Blake Johnson to design a 3D printed prosthetic hand for Josie Fraticelli, daughter of ISE instructor Dr. Barbara Fraticelli.
The project enabled the students to apply various aspects of ISE (design, additive manufacturing, etc.) for practical use. For Josie, whose right hand did not fully form because of insufficient blood flow before she was born, the 3D hand allows her to perform tasks that were difficult for her to do one-handed. She can now pour a drink into a cup as well as play her trumpet with both hands.
For more information, including the short videos, please go to "Girl receives 3D printed prosthetic hand" on WFXR, "Virginia Tech team creates 3-D printed prosthetic hand for Salem girl with birth defect" on WDBJ, and "Virginia Tech engineers create 3-D prosthetic hand for 12-year-old" on WSLS10.
The video shown above is from the news on WDBJ.