Deploying engineering and circuitry inside the human body can now help erase disabilities, and more controversially, enhance human capacities beyond their evolutionary limits. Intelligent prosthetics is beginning to take center stage in this arena of medicine and engineering. Over the next decade, we envision a growing demand by government agencies and private, commercial organizations to develop ever-increasing sophisticated prosthetic systems. Contributing experience, such as biomechanics and biomaterials, cellular and tissue engineering, bio-nano-technology, control systems, human computer interaction and intelligent user interfaces/controls, already exists at UCF and will provide the essential support to make this cluster successful and exceptionally attractive to key leaders in this field.
UCF Colleges and Centers Involved in Prosthetic Interfaces
- Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- College of Medicine
- NanoScience Technology Center
Learn More About Prosthetic Interfaces:
- Establish a critical mass of dedicated faculty to enable a viable interdisciplinary bio-medical engineering (BME) program at UCF with core competency in prosthetic interfaces for implantable devices and systems – a subset of the intelligent prosthetic domain
- Identify and form a focal point for world-class research and educational endeavors for UCF’s scholars working on technology pertinent to medical applications, devices and systems
- Enhance interdisciplinary research capabilities and infrastructure of other UCF-affiliated initiatives
- Establish an internationally prominent BME research program at UCF with core competency encompassing the entire intelligent prosthetic domain
- Develop a graduate and undergraduate program in BME
- Foster biomedical economic development in Orlando and Florida
- Position UCF as a world leader in the entire intelligent prosthetic domain
More details about the cluster can be found in the Prosthetic Interfaces Cluster Proposal.
Why Join the Prosthetic Interfaces Cluster?
VA and Medical City Connections
With the UCF College of Medicine helping to anchor Lake Nona’s emerging Medical City, the university is in a unique position to collaborate with the adjacent Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where prosthetics will play an important role as war veterans are returning home. The Veterans Affairs hospital already has shown interest in working with this cluster, and we have the potential to collaborate with them on research.
The international success of UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s “Limbitless Solutions” team indicates strong student interest in biomedical engineering, specifically in prosthetics, which can be cultivated to significantly grow undergraduate and graduate programs at UCF. With a 3D printer and open-source blue prints, this student-led group is building limbs for children around the world – garnering the attention of international companies and celebrities alike.
UCF’s Biomedical Hallmark
Intelligent prosthetics will dominate the future of biomedical engineering, and it is in UCF’s strategic interest to lead this important domain. Additionally, the new Florida Advanced Manufacturing Center and advanced manufacturing consortium (ICAMR), the Orlando VA Medical Center, Florida Health and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute – all in Lake Nona – and the growing interest by departments, colleges and centers in technology for medicine create unique opportunities to establish a world-class program in biomedical engineering that will cater to local and national organizations.
We’re Looking for the Best.
Prosthetic Interfaces Faculty
The following faculty are involved in developing and guiding the cluster and its efforts.
- Waldemar Karwowski, Professor and Chair
- Alain Kassab, Professor
- Sudipta Seal, Pegasus Professor, Director and Interim Chair
- Robert Steward, Assistant Professor
The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in six select fields to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university.