URI Students Receive $25,000 Grant to Make Prosthetic Limbs for Colombian Amputees

The University of Rhode Island (URI), a NEC member, recently received a $25,000 federal grant that will allow a group of engineering students to travel to Colombia this summer to design and create prosthetic limbs for Colombian amputees.

The projects is funded by the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” program, which was created under former President Barrack Obama to increase the number of American students studying abroad in Latin America and the number of Latin American students in America to 100,000 each by 2020. URI is collaborating with SENA Centro Nacional Colombo Alemán, an organization based in Barranquilla, Colombia. The URI students are expected to design and 3-D print the prosthetic limbs in Rhode Island before four URI engineering students travel to Colombia with the prosthetics to outfit the devices on the patients.

“It’s a meaningful and enriching project for our students, and we’re honored to receive this prestigious award,’’ said Silke Scholz, Director of the Spanish International Engineering Program at URI. “Our students will better the lives of those less fortunate – and learn engineering skills at the same time.”

The New England Council commends URI for this wonderful initiative that will greatly benefit both its students and the Colombian recipients of their services. Read more in Today URI and Providence Business News.

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