Mechanical engineering graduate students Brian E. Lawson and Amanda M. Huff, and Michael Goldfarb, PhD, H. Fort Flowers chair in mechanical engineering and professor of mechanical engineering and of physical medicine and rehabiliation, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, Nashville, Tennessee, received the Wyss Institute-IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Award for Translational Research for their work on a robotic prosthetic leg.
The team earned the first place honor for their submission, “A Robotic Leg Prosthesis for Biomimetic Locomotion in Transfemoral Amputees,” which was presented during a ceremony on August 30 at the 2012 international conference of the IEEE-Engineering and Biology Society in San Diego, California.
The award recognizes translational engineering projects with the potential for making a transformative impact on healthcare safety, quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and affordability. The award co-sponsor is the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Six finalists were invited to present in person to a panel of experts at the conference. After the presentations, the top three finalists (individuals or teams) received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, and were recognized for their achievement.