Making Prosthetic Legs Accessible | Madalyn Kern | TEDxCU


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The process of fitting and making a lower-limb prosthetic socket is very time and labor intensive for both the engineer and amputee. The socket must be custom fit for each person because an ill-fitting socket can lead to discomfort, discouraging amputees from using the prosthetic device altogether. This issue is explored and brought to life through Madalyn's experience in South Africa.

Madalyn has specialized in medical device design within a mechanical engineering discipline at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She enjoys both the technical and personal aspects of design and is especially passionate about improving the lives of those living in developing communities around the world. She has experience in both academic and industry settings and will receive her doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering in August 2016.

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