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Iron Lion Design Challenge Jumpstarts Engineering Research
July 14, 2008
Penn State recently held the Iron Lion design challenge as a new approach to inspire young engineers. The students took part in a one-week competition to design and build three working prototypes of adaptive and co-adaptive medical devices: a new endoscopic device with the ability to perform surgery, an improved pair of crutches with custom comfort settings and a leg weight-sensing device for patients recovering from leg injuries.
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