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Prosthetic ankle with biomimetic motion for weight lifting

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Design Award

  • Tong Biomedical Design Award Honorable Mention

Project Overview

The project sponsor has a lower-limb amputation, but is highly active and finds existing foot prostheses limiting to some of his activities. He is interested in building a prosthetic foot that is better adapted for weight lifting than existing commercial products. The goal of this student project is to develop a prosthetic foot design that exhibits appropriate mechanics for weight lifting exercises such as squats and dead-lifts - especially, keeping both the heel and toe on the ground during deep knee bends. Additional considerations may include comfortable walking and stability in standing. Students will work with the sponsor to specify an appropriate design, and will construct a prototype and test it with the sponsor.

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Team members from left to right: Sahand Eftekari, Rachel Tong, Hannah Mrazsko, Jason Dekarske
Team members from left to right: Sahand Eftekari, Rachel Tong, Hannah Mrazsko, Jason Dekarske

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Hannah Mrazsko, BME 402 - Team Leader
  • Jason Dekarske, BME 402 - Communicator
  • Sahand Eftekari, BME 402 - BSAC
  • Rachel Tong, BME 402 - BWIG & BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Dr. Joseph Towles - Advisor
  • Prof. Peter Adamczyk - Client
  • Adam Griggel - Alternate Contact

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