|truly improve someone's quality of life.
I believe that's something truly special, and I take a
tremendous amount of pride in that."
Daniel has cherished the device
since receiving it in May, not wanting to break it, says
his mother, Emily. She originally sought Rose-Hulman's
assistance after reading about a similar project
completed by biomedical engineering students the year
"The impact that this project has had on
Daniel's life can't be described in words," she says. "The
| blossomed with Jacob, Mark, and
our whole family has affected us all. Daniel loves Mark
and Jacob, and really looks up to them. Daniel is so proud
that he was able to be involved in every aspect of
the design process. I think that really helped boost his
self-confidence. I hope that from this experience Daniel will
grow up and do something like this for someone else."
Elizabeth, Daniel's precocious sister (also
featured in the video), observes, "(Pinchy) wasn't just a
prosthetic. It meant so much more to Daniel than we can
even imagine. He's always willing to
|try something new. It was very cool to be able to see that
side of him."
Pinchy was one of 12 biomedical engineering
projects completed by seniors during the 2011-12 school year,
under the supervision of professors Kay C Dee, Ph.D, Glen
Livesay, Ph.D., and Renee Rogge, Ph.D.
"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."
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