Artificial Foot

Assistant Professor Mo Rastgaar and PhD student Evandro Ficanha with their new computer-driven foot. The ankle can mimic a natural walk, allowing the foot to walk in circles on the circular treadmill, shown. Emil Groth photo

Stepping Out in Style: Michigan Tech Researchers Developing Artificial Leg With Natural Gait

In cooperation with a Mayo Clinic scientist, researchers at Michigan Technological University are taking a giant step toward solving the problem of the unnatural gait of artificial legs, making a bionic foot that could make an amputee’s walk in the park feel, well, like a walk in the park.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/14/2013

Members of the foot team, left to right, are Stephanie Bass, Victoria Demers, Marcel Kerkove, Allison Lebovsky, Paul Sturmer and Robert Strobe (Photo: Michigan Tech)

Michigan Tech Students Take Prosthetic Designs To India

Two teams of undergraduate engineering students at Michigan Technological University have developed two low-cost, workable prostheses — one a knee, one a foot — and brought them to India, the first step in an effort to make them available to that nation’s many poor.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/01/2012