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February Update

Congrats Northeastern University, Brian Fountaine!

Designing for Mobility of Veteran Amputees is the inaugural $10,000 Ford College Community Challenge bonus grant winner.

“This will help us buy a milling machine to mill a solid block of metal,” Brian Fountaine, Northeastern University student lead for the project, said. “Making our own fittings will lower the cost of the prosthesis​.”

Learn more at Boston Magazine.

Project Overview

Ford College Community Challenge bonus grant ($10,000) winner was voted for across the Internet, ​nine schools vied​ through social media and word of mouth.

A collaboration between Brian Fountaine (BFA in Design), Ben Caras (3D Fundamentals), and CAMD Makerspace to design for mobility of veteran amputees.

Learn more from Brian and Ben!

This proposed project aims to integrate art with science in the development of prosthetic limbs. Not only will this project engage expert design faculty, but it will also be led by students who represent the very community the project will serve: Veterans who have experienced limb amputation.

The primary community-based partner in this project will be the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare Systems’ Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury campuses. The project team will work closely with the VA’s physical therapists, certified prostheticts, Amputee Support Group and Adaptive Sports Program, along with their affiliated partners, to implement our ideas.