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URI engineering students to make prosthetic arms, hands for amputees in Colombia

Back row, left to right: URI engineering students Corvah Akoiwala, Cristian Witcher, Laura Parra and James Gannon. Front row: Sigrid Berka, director of the International Engineering Program at URI, Kunal Mankodiya, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at URI, and Silke Scholz, director of the Spanish International Engineering Program at URI. Another member of the team who is not present in the photo is Manbir Sodhi, professor of systems and industrial engineering at URI. Photo by Michael Salerno.

KINGSTON, R.I.—March 22, 2017—University of Rhode Island engineering students will travel to Colombia this summer to help some people drive a car or eat a meal with both hands.

Thanks to a $25,000 federal grant, the students will design and make prosthetic hands and arms for amputees in the South American country.

“It’s a meaningful and enriching project for our students, and we’re honored to receive this prestigious award,’’ says Silke Scholz, director of the Spanish International Engineering Program, or IEP, at the University. “The grant also affirms URI’s commitment to community service and global studies.”

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