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UTEP to Host Annual LIMBS Summit

June 3, 2015 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

UTEP to Host Annual LIMBS Summit

UTEP's College of Engineering and El Paso-based nonprofit organization LIMBS International will host research teams from around the world for the third annual LIMBS Summit.

What: Third Annual LIMBS Summit

When: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015

Events of Note: Keynote speaker 9 – 9:30 a.m.; students available for media interviews at 11:30 a.m.; conference remarks 1 – 1:30 p.m.; awards ceremony 5 p.m.

Where: UTEP Engineering and Science Complex, Classroom Building, Room C205

The University of Texas at El Paso's College of Engineering and El Paso-based nonprofit organization LIMBS International will host research teams from around the world for the third annual LIMBS Summit. These teams will showcase their research in creating low-cost prosthetics for the developing world.

Keynote speaker Alex Cabral of Hanger Orthotics and Prosthetics will present the keynote address from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Cabral believes professionals have a duty to contribute in any way they can around the world. Cabral helps patients in Queretaro, Mexico, to have access to quality prostheses along with access to proper medical care.

Students participating in the summit will be available for interviews at 11:30 a.m.

From 1 to 1:30 p.m., Roger V. Gonzalez, Ph.D., LIMBS president and chair of UTEP's Engineering Education & Leadership Department, will speak about the deception of technology.

The awards ceremony will start at 5 p.m.

LIMBS International is dedicated to enabling more than 11 million amputees in the poorest countries around the world to become self-sufficient members of society by engineering low-cost, highly functional and sustainable prosthetic solutions.

At the same time, LIMBS empowers students by enabling them to create these low-cost prosthetic devices in laboratories at UTEP, home of the LIMBS research and development efforts, and across the United States.

LIMBS International serves to engage communities through the training centers and clinics they have established across the world in Kenya, India, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Senegal, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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

"I am proud that UTEP can be the location of the LIMBS Summit as we aim to understand how we can collectively develop technologies to help the poorest of the poor," Gonzalez said. "The research efforts of students and professors throughout the world informs and spurs all of us toward accelerating our own efforts."

This year, teams from seven universities will participate in the summit: Waseda University in Tokyo, Technológico de Monterrey in Mexico, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Akron in Ohio, Clemson University in South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and UTEP.

The teams have been working on developing prosthetic and orthotic technology for low-income countries. The first place team will receive $1,000.

MEDIA NOTE: Media is invited for photo opportunities of innovative prosthetic devices and students will be available for interviews at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about LIMBS International, please visit www.limbs.org.

 


The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Email: engineer@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-6444
Fax: (915) 747-5437


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