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Siemens Features Rose-Hulman Design Project in International Mini-Documentary Series
August 24, 2012
By Dale Long,
Director of News Services
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the innovative FastCompany (/CoExist)
Two Biomedical Engineering Students Design, Produce
Prosthetic Device to Help Indiana Boy
||Capturing Projects: Renowned
international filmmakers followed the design and construction
process for a biomedical engineering senior-year capstone design
project, including the final technical presentation at Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology.
A new mini-documentary by global innovation leader Siemens is
showcasing a prosthetic device created by two Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology biomedical engineering students for an Indiana boy as
the latest example of how technology benefits people.
The four-minute video is currently featured on the company's
international Web site www.siemens.com as part of the
"/answers" campaign about real people being impacted by Siemens
technology. The stories are produced by renowned filmmakers.
View the video
The project features Daniel Wilson, a curious, dinosaur-loving
eight-year-old boy from Rockville, Indiana. He was born with a
longitudinal deficiency, severely limiting the use of his right
arm. In the video, he wishes to swing a baseball bat and ride a
bike. So his mother requested assistance from Rose-Hulman's
Department of Applied and Biomedical Engineering after learning
about the success of past projects for assisting youths.
Biomedical engineering students Mark Calhoun and Jacob Price
accepted the senior-year capstone design challenge of using
state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering (CAE)
software (developed by Siemens) to construct a lightweight, fully
functional prosthetic device that utilizes seven subsystems to make
Daniel's life a lot easier.
|Learning About Project: Daniel Wilson, 8, learns about the
prosthesis that was designed and constructed for him by Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology 2012 biomedical engineering graduates Mark
Calhoun and Jacob Price.
"Ideas for our campaign videos go through a very selective
process, and I am personally excited because this is the first
video to feature a Siemens PLM Software-related story," states Bill
Boswell, Senior Director of Partner Strategy for Siemens PLM
Software. "We became aware of a past Rose-Hulman project that used
Solid Edge software to design a robotic arm for young boy. After
learning about the great work that Rose-Hulman was doing in this
area, I contacted our Siemens corporate team in Germany to suggest
we highlight this success."
Two filmmakers spent most of the 2011-12 school year following
Calhoun and Price throughout the design and construction process.
Then, the project was presented to Daniel in May and he's now using
it at home. The video also showcases Daniel's sister, Elizabeth,
mother, Emily, and father, Charles.
"The impact that this project has had on Daniel's life can't
really be described in words," says Emily Wilson. "However, I
believe that the relationship that bloomed with Jacob, Mark, and
our whole family has effected all of us. Daniel loves Mark
and Jacob, and really looks up to them. Daniel is so proud of
'Pinchy,' his name for the prosthetic, and that he was able to be
involved in every aspect of the design process. I think that really
helped boost his self-confidence. Overall, it has been an
unbelievable experience that not only Daniel, but all of us will
remember and be proud of for the rest of our lives. I hope that
from this experience Daniel will grow up and do something like this
for someone else."
||Personalized Device: Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology senior biomedical engineering students used
Siemens' state-of-the-art computer-aided design and engineering
software to construct a lightweight, fully functional prosthetic
device that utilizes seven subsystems to make the client's life a
Price, a 2012 Rose-Hulman graduate who is now a staff validation
engineer for Performance Validation in Indianapolis, was happy to
use his engineering skill to help others.
"Daniel is an awesome kid, the Wilsons are an awesome family,
and I could not be more grateful with being given this
opportunity," He states "I'll never forget seeing Daniel engaging
in the meetings, seeing the pictures of him wearing his prosthetic
weeks after we delivered it, and watching him use it to pick up
toys and scratch his mom's back. There's no better feeling than
that of making a difference in someone's life."
Calhoun is now a graduate student at The Ohio State
The prosthesis was one of 12 biomedical engineering capstone
projects completed in 2011-12, under the supervision of professors
Kay C Dee, Ph.D, Glen Livesay, Ph.D.,
and Renee Rogge, Ph.D. Other devices constructed included a
custom-designed walker for a kindergarten student, a
vest-like device that corrects proprioception
dysfunction and severely-slouched shoulders for
children, a lightweight brace that corrects ankle pronation, and an
insole device that measures and redistributes the stresses on an
athlete's foot. The projects receive support from a National
Science Foundation grant.
"Real projects for real clients help our students make real
connections to what they can do with engineering," states Livesay.
"The team that worked with Daniel really exemplifies what we're
striving for in design: creative solutions and lots of hard work
that enable our students to have a strong, positive impact on the
lives of people in our community."
|Trying Out Prosthesis: Daniel Wilson, 8, from Rockville,
Indiana, uses the prosthetic device that was specially designed for
him by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 2012 biomedical
engineering graduates Mark Calhoun (left) and Jacob Price.
Dee adds, "Design projects let our students use all of the
skills in their 'toolbox': professionalism, creativity, technical
knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, independent time
management skills, hands-on building, and technical documentation
skills. These are incredible learning opportunities for our
Siemens PLM Software provided Rose-Hulman a $27.8 million
in-kind software grant last year to provide the college and its
students with the latest advanced hands-on training tools to lead
the next generation of engineers for innovative, high-tech careers.
The software is being used by students to develop cutting-edge
technology in classrooms, laboratories, and advanced transportation
"At Rose-Hulman, students work with the latest software and
simulation programs from Siemens PLM Software to create a lot of
exciting projects," states Boswell.
Daniel's story has spread across the internet from Scientific
American to FastCompany.