URBANA – University of Illinois junior Jonathan Naber has won the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize for innovation, for developing an affordable prosthetic arm for people in developing countries.
Naber, who majors in materials science and engineering, has been working with the Illini Prosthetics Team on campus to create an arm that is functional, durable and easily made.
He plans to travel to Guatemala this summer to field-test the prototype at a prosthetics clinic.
"My dream is that one day every person around the world will have two functional arms, and I truly believe that my low-cost prosthetic arm is going to play a major role in that change," he said.
The prize is funded through a partnership with the Lemelson-MIT Program and is administered by the UI's Technology Entrepreneur Center.