QL+ Program Manager: Court Allen, USAF (ret)
QL+ Mentors: N/A
Mark Appleford, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Laura Gaviria, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering
Prosthetic Socket Cooling: One of the challenges that prostheses wearers face is the elevated skin temperature of the residual limb that is created from the prostheses as they uncomfortably trap body heat. Retired Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, Taylor Morris is no exception, and even more so because he is a quadruple amputee. He has difficulty maintaining his body temperature while using his prostheses. A team of senior level bio-engineering students are tasked with the challenge of designing a prosthetic socket cooling system that will help cool the socket and dissipate the heat generated by the wearer’s body. This team will innovate and develop a socket cooling system that is lightweight, safe, affordable, and easy to use.
About University of Texas-San Antonio:
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) jointly offer Undergraduate and M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering. The objective of the program is to train students in the use of basic biomedical engineering approaches for the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. The educational goals of this program are founded on the belief that the basic scientific approach is critical to the fundamental understanding of human health and the treatment of disease.