Engineering Sciences 05
Prerequisite: None.
Distributive: TAS.
Offered: 15S, 16S: 2A
Instructors: Rosen, Robbie

Amputee Advantage?

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Bionic Ear Stimulation Pattern

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ENGS 5. Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century

2015 Under Construction!

Design Innovation/Redesigning Humans: Wings

The course will explore technologies that will impact healthcare in the 21st century, including biology, robotics, and information. Included will be biotechnologies to be used for the treatment of diseases and the regeneration of missing organs and limbs. The course will also cover robotics that will replace human parts.

Included will be artificial organs and joints, robots as replacement for human parts, the human genome project, gene therapy, biomaterials, genetic engineering, cloning, transplantation (auto, allo, and xeno), limb regeneration, man-machine interfaces, and prosthetic limbs. This section will also cover ethical issues related to the above topics and issues regarding the FDA and the approval of new medical treatments. We will discuss going beyond normal with respect to the senses, muscles, and creating wings. Enrollment is limited to 75 students.

The Red Bull Stratos Mission: supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner ascended to 128,100 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground.

David Clark Company produced the suit. Red Bull Stratos team members involved with the capsule, parachutes, cameras and communications collaborate closely to make sure that their systems interface optimally with the suit. Taking the lead in coordinating them is the Red Bull Stratos life support engineer, Mike Todd. For almost 30 years, Mike worked in the High Altitude Life Support and Pressure Suit Division of Lockheed's "Skunk Works," and he also fitted pressure suits for Steve Fossett's record-breaking Perlan glider project.


The Human-Powered Ornithopter (HPO) Project is a student organization at the University of Toronto. On August 2nd, 2010 at 6:45am, the Snowbird lifted of for its record setting flight, completing its goal by maintaining altitude and airspeed for 19.3 seconds! This world first was witnessed by a representative from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and records of the flight have since been submitted to the FAI for approval.


ARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence and improves quality of life for amputees. Today, less than eight years after the effort was launched, that dream is a reality; the FDA approved the DEKA Arm System.

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