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HiroLab have coordinated or participated in the following outreach activities:

Summer Youth Program 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

HiroLab has significantly participated in the Summer Youth Program Explorations for pre-college students. The EMG-Controlled Manipulator Educational Platform was used in the week-long Explorations. This program is offered and coordinated by Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program. The Explorations for the past summers were:

SYP 2016:

Women in Engineering, June 19-25, 2016, participation: 20 students

Engineering Scholars, June 26-July 2, 2016, participation: 20 students

Co-Robots, July 10-16, 2016, participation: 20 students

Co-Robots, July 17-23, 2016, participation: 20 students

SYP 2015:

Engineering The Human Body, July 13-17, 2015, participation: 20 students

SYP 2014:

Engineering The Human Body, July 21-25, 2014, participation: 12 students

SYP 2013:

Women in Engineering, June 24-28, 2013, participation: 12 students

Engineering Scholars Program, July 8-12, 2013, participation: 12 students

Engineering The Human Body, July 22-26, 2013, participation: 20 students






2012-2013 International Senior Capstone Design, India

Dr. Mo Rastgaar and Dr. Nina Mahmoudian were advisors for two  International Senior Capstone Design Teams for the following projects:

(Please See MEEM News and CBS Detroit) 

Fabrication improvement for Jaipur Foot

Dr. P.K. Sethi Rehabilitation and Jaipur Limb Training Center, Jaipur, India                                                                       

The Jaipur foot was developed to provide amputees with a simple, practical, and low cost prosthetic, that is compatible with an active and culturally-appropriate lifestyle. During the 2011-2012 school year, a design team made improvements to the Jaipur Foot to reduce weight and standardize the manufacturing process and materials used. The design task was to resolve the issues of incompatibility of materials with the rubber vulcanization process used in Jaipur. An optimized process was necessary while maintaining the affordability and functionality of the Foot. Team 7, consisting of Reid Barber, Stephanie Boomgaard, Ben Cottrill, Miriam Paquet, and Kevin Peterson, traveled to India to meet Dr. Anil Jain of the Dr. P.K. Sethi Rehabilitation and Jaipur Limb Training Center to communicate the current status of the project and deliver their prototypes for clinical evaluations.

Low-cost passive artificial knee

All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, New Delhi, India 

See Michigan Tech News                                           

Senior Capstone Design Team 8 Ruth Eischer, James Hartel, Bobby Pizzey, David Weyland designed and evaluated a cost-optimized prosthetic knee joint that can be manufactured in India with local materials and be affordable for the low-income patients. Current solutions to knee replacement are expensive and most do not address the cultural needs such as sufficient range of motion for sitting on the floor by amputees. The team worked to develop a design that is lightweight, low-cost, and easy to use. The design incorporates a 3-bar linkage system between the upper and lower frames of the device as well as an adjustable spring-damper to provide a variable resistance of the swing of the knee which can be tailored to each patient.

Team 8 presented their new prosthetic knee prototype to Dr. Malhotra at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi that followed by  a visit to Prosthetic & Orthotic Rehabilitation Clinic (PORC) to receive technical feedback and evaluate their design in clinical trial.


Delhi Council for Child Welfare Orthopedic Center

Both teams 7 and 8 were participated in a workshop to learn about fabricating the knee orthoses for polio patients. Delhi Council for Child Welfare Orthopedic Center provided Michigan Tech teams with sample orthoses designed for low-income patients and requested assessing design and fabrication improvements that may lead to improved durability and lower costs of the orthoses.





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