Research Teams Collaborate on Low-Cost Prosthetics


Research Teams Collaborate on Low-Cost Prosthetics

UTEP, local nonprofit host 2nd annual LIMBS Summit

Professors and student research teams at the 2013 LIMBS Summit at UTEP.
Professors and student research teams at the 2013 LIMBS
Summit at UTEP.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Engineering and El Paso-based nonprofit organization LIMBS International will host research teams from the United States and Mexico on June 6, showcasing their work to create low-cost prosthetics for the developing world.

The LIMBS Summit is designed to be a forum for collaboration and to provide opportunities to grow the vision for meeting the diverse and complex needs of amputees and disabled people around the globe.

"We held our first event last year and it was a big success," said Trevor Bergman, Executive Director for LIMBS International. "This year, we have added more research teams and are excited to see what has been developed to help transform lives all over the world."

This year, there are 10 research teams from five universities: Clemson University; the University of Hartford; Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Guadalajara; Johns Hopkins University; and UTEP. The teams have been working on developing prosthetic and orthotic technology for low-income countries. The projects include prosthetic feet, a trans-tibial (below the knee) prosthetic device, a prosthetic ankle and a neck brace.

"We will be sharing the progress made by various LIMBS research teams and giving others from across the country the chance to share their research and development of prosthetic and orthotic technologies," Bergman said. "The goal of the event is to promote a more uniform means of collaborating for the future."

Please register to attend the conference.

LIMBS International is dedicated to restoring mobility to the more than 11 million amputees around the world by engineering low-cost, highly-functional, sustainable prosthetic solutions, while empowering students and engaging communities. Currently, LIMBS International has established training centers and clinics in Kenya, India, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Senegal, Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. For more information, visit us online at

About UTEP College of Engineering: The College of Engineering is a national leader in engineering education and a leading producer of doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degreed Hispanic engineers. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is the second oldest academic institution of The University of Texas System. Washington Monthly magazine ranks UTEP as #7 in the nation in its annual College Guide and Rankings. The magazine's rankings were based on a combination of social mobility, research production, commitment to service and cost-effectiveness of degree completion. For more information, visit