More than 50'000 children every year are born with a congenital upper limb deficiency. These children will need to change their prosthetic hands once every 6 months on average, making the purchase of a high end, automatic prosthesis not affordable for most families.
Every year, around the world, between 250'000 and 500'000 patients are affected by spinal chord injury, losing sensation and mobility in their hands.
Unfortunately these users represent niche markets in the medical devices industry, making the solutions currently available to them expensive and low in overall functionality.
To address this problem our team is designing a modular electronic module that can interface with human robotic devices such as prosthetic hands and exoskeletons: the Sparthan Module.
The goal we are currently working towards is to create a low cost, 3D printable exoskeleton glove that could integrate with the Sparthan module, allowing patients with lower grip strength to regain independence of movement.
Project Sparthan started at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, we can't wait to bring it to as many people as we can
I received my undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, and I am currently pursuing an M.Eng in Bioengineering here at Berkeley. I have previous experience working in the biotech industry, but I was always intrigued by biomechanical design and medical devices, so my senior year at UCSD was focused on prosthetic and orthotic design. I have experience with prototyping disciplines, such as familiarizing myself with CAD, 3D printing, and machining, among other skills.
After completing the course requirements for my undergrad in Biomedical Engineering in Milan, I had the opportunity to spend my whole third and final year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There I took classes in bio robotics and embedded development, learning how to enhance the human body by using artificial devices. I am now completing my Master’s degree at U.C. Berkeley, researching prosthetic devices for musicians at BEST Lab.
After my graduation from Purdue University at the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a bachelor degree, I started to work in a startup company about exoskeleton robots for one year in Shenzheng, China. I decided to continue my study career for a master degree at Berkeley to gain more wildly experience with product design. I am really interested in designing exoskeleton robots, the developing process and the team working make me feel exciting.
I studied Industrial Engineering in Chile at PUC, and followed a double degree program with Ecole Centrale Paris in France. I obtained a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from both schools. I then worked for 2 years in an airline in the Network Strategy department, and 2 years in a drilling tools manufacturing company in both the Engineering and Production department.
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