URI engineering students making prosthetic arms, hands for Colombian amputees

UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island engineering students, back row, from left, Corvah Akoiwala, Cristian Witcher, Laura Parra and James Gannon, will travel to Colombia this summer with prosthetic arms and hands they have made for amputees. The project is funded by a federal grant from the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” program. In the front row are, from left, Sigrid Berka, director of the International Engineering Program at URI; Kunal Mankodiya, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at URI; and Silke Scholz, director of the Spanish International Engineering Program at URI. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/MICHAEL SALERNO
UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island engineering students, back row, from left, Corvah Akoiwala, Cristian Witcher, Laura Parra and James Gannon, will travel to Colombia this summer with prosthetic arms and hands they have made for amputees. The project is funded by a federal grant from the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” program. In the front row are, from left, Sigrid Berka, director of the International Engineering Program at URI; Kunal Mankodiya, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at URI; and Silke Scholz, director of the Spanish International Engineering Program at URI. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/MICHAEL SALERNO
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Thanks to a $25,000 federal grant, University of Rhode Island engineering students will design and make prosthetic hands and arms for amputees in Colombia. The project, funded by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, will enable the students to travel to the South American country this summer. “It’s a meaningful and…

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