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Powerhouse on Wheels

University of Pittsburgh engineering researcher Rory CooperParalympic champion and University of Pittsburgh assistive-technology pioneer Rory Cooper wants people with disabilities to see engineering as a great career.

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Helping Hands

University of Louisville biomedical engineering students test prosthetic hand they build for LucasImagine not being able to pick up a glass of water, open a door, or play catch because you had no hands. Now imagine you’re a biomedical engineer and can help amputees regain dexterity – with the help of a home 3D printer.

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Defying Physical Limits

National Disabilities Employment Awareness MonthSince 2008, Americans with disabilities have earned more doctorates in science and engineering fields than in non-S&E fields. To mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2013, the American Society of Engineering Education salutes these distinguished engineering educators and researchers.

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Now Hear This: Cochlear Implant Inventor Wins Lasker Prize

earImagine life without sound. That’s the reality for hundreds of thousands of deaf individuals. Thanks to a device called the cochlear implant – the first medical apparatus to restore a human sense – many now can hear. Its three inventors won the 2013 Lasker Prize for their work.

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Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

dolls with disabilities Students in grades 6 to 8 gain an understanding of physical limitations and the biomedical engineering design process by performing a variety of tasks without using their thumbs, eyes, or legs, then working in teams to create or improve and adaptive device.

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