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Two Illinois Students to Make Low-Cost Bionic Prosthetics More Accessible
April 30, 2015
Illinois Neuroscience Ph.D. student Aadeel Akhtar (left) and MechSE junior Patrick Slade at last weekend's Cozad New Venture Competition.
Patrick Slade, a junior in MechSE, and Aadeel Akhtar, a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience, have the same tastes in a lot of things. For one, they both like to play guitar. They listen to the same kind of music. Members of the Bretl Robotics and Neuroscience Research Group, they both research bionic prostheses. And they both decided that someone should build more low-cost prostheses, so even people in third-world countries can have access to the technology. So in their spare time, they've started a company, PSYONIC. And they're on their way: Akhtar, Slade, and their fledgling company recently won the Cozad New Venture Competition held on Friday, April 24 at the Illini Union; the prize: $25,000 to begin their company and start building prostheses like the ones they've been designing—only better, and at a lower cost!
2015 NGS Science & Engineering Fair Called the "Most Successful" Ever
An Illinois researcher (center) interacts with an NGS student describing her science and engineering fair project.
Like a swarm of bees, a noticeable buzz of anticipation was in the air as students waited to present their projects during Next Generation School's Science and Engineering Fair. After weeks of prep both at home and in the classroom—it was finally the big day! Students would get to present their research to one of the local experts gathered for the event. The organizers' hope? That students would not only gain valuable feedback about their specific project, but that ultimately they would have gained a better understanding of the scientific process...and possibly even a new passion to explore STEM fields when they grow up.