Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 1 session / week, 2 hours / session
Teams meet informally outside of lecture sessions for an average of seven hours per week.
- Gain awareness of communities in the developing world and the technical challenges they face
- Learn about appropriate prosthesis technologies for developing communities, their impact, and how they can be conceived, designed and implemented
- Explore the way MIT can take in order to help people in developing countries
- Learn the hands-on skills required to implement selected development projects
In the first half of the course, students learn through lectures the difficulties facing developing countries, available prosthetic technologies in these countries, advanced prosthetics concepts, and review previous D-Lab World Prosthetics student projects. In the second half of the course, students form teams of three to five students to design and prototype orthotic and prosthetic devices. Projects include a low-cost prosthetic knee, a pediatric extendable prosthetic leg, a cosmetic shell for prosthetic feet, and a vacuum-casting system. At the end of the course, teams present their outcomes in final written and presented reports.
There is no textbook for this course. All required and optional readings are listed on the Lectures and Readings page.
There are seven problem sets for this course to be completed by each student. Student teams also complete short (<20 minute) mid-term and final presentations to the class, and submit a two-page (minimum) written report to be shared with Jaipur Foot.
|SES #||TOPICS||INSTRUCTORS||KEY DATES|
|1||Class overview, introduction||Ken Endo|
|2||Project presentations by TAs||Ken Endo||Homework 1 due|
|3||Design for the developing world||Ken Endo||Homework 2 due|
|4||Challenge map, idea generation||Ken Endo||Homework 3 due|
|5||Case study: Synergy foot||Ken Endo||Homework 4 due|
|6||The Jaipur foot||Dr. Pooja Mukul||Homework 5 due|
|7||Prosthetic technology in the United States||Bob Emerson|
|8||Mid-term presentations||Bob Emerson|
|9||Transtibial prosthesis||Bob Emerson|
|10||Transfemoral prosthesis||Bob Emerson||Homework 6 due|
|11||Pediatric prosthesis||Bob Emerson||Homework 7 due|
|12||Human biomechanics||Hugh Herr|
|13||Stanford Knee||Joel Sadler|
|14||MIT museum D-Lab showcase|
|15||Final report submission|