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UNITE: Human Tech Connect
Explore the irreplaceable role of human relationships in the robust world of prosthetic technology.
Prosthetic technology is rapidly advancing with robotics, 3D-printing, and studies in anatomy and neurology. The most essential component of ensuring that a prosthetic device is truly an extension of the human body is the complex, lifelong relationship between the user and the clinician. Cutting-edge devices may have the ability to enhance the body, yet the design must be customized to fit and provide comfort to each individual for long-term and effective use.
Media coverage in this industry showcases rare and futuristic devices, yet sometimes fails to highlight this human-to-human interaction. Advancements in technology are only as powerful as the people behind them, and together they will define what the future of prosthetics entail.
Join us on March 8th from 6-8pm for our UNITE panel discussion at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Industry experts will discuss the need for empathy, humanity, and customized design in the world of prosthetics.
Meet the panelists:
Erica Bruns, Office Assistant, Nike, prosthetic user
At the age of 22, Erica was freshly out of college and on her way to starting a career. Her path of normalcy was interrupted when on a July afternoon in 2014 she had a traumatic motorcycle accident. After the accident, Erica chose not to let her disability affect my attitude. She continues to be an athlete*; she runs, rides her bike, golfs, snowboards, and tries just about anything she can make her mind up to do. To this day, Erica educate individuals about amputation and shares her story with others.
*If you have a body, you are an athlete – Bill Bowerman
Dr. Albert Chi, M.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma, OHSU
Dr. Chi is a trauma surgeon whose practice includes critical care, trauma and acute care surgery. Dr. Chi has a background in biomedical engineering and a clinical research focused at improving the lives of individuals with traumatic injuries with an emphasis on motor control. Dr. Chi is currently the medical Director of the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation program at Oregon Health and Science University and has a research appointment the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in the Research and Development Department in the area of advanced prosthetics. Dr. Chi is also a Commander in the Navy Reserves and has served in Operation Enduring Freedom as the Director of surgical services in 2013.
Shashi Jain, Innovation Manager at Intel
Shashi Jain is an Innovation Manager at Intel Corporation, pathfinding new use cases for IoT, Machine Learning and VR technologies. Shashi is passionate about 3D printing and personalization of prosthetics at scale, having worked with industry leaders such as UNYQ. Shashi runs a community of 1200+ 3D printing enthusiasts in Portland, OR and runs events for the e-NABLE movement, delivering free 3D printed hands to anyone in need.
Erin O’Brien, Prosthetist/Orthotist at Hanger Clinic
Erin is an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist practicing with Hanger Clinic in Portland, OR and specializes in pediatric orthotics, cranial remolding orthoses, scoliosis, pediatric prosthetics, and upper extremity prosthetics. She is also a clinical mentor for the Hanger residency program and has a fellowship granted by the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Erin holds a B.S. in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Washington and completed her prosthetics residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Dynamic Orthotics and Prosthetics in Houston, TX.
Doors open at 6:00 pm, presentation begins at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.
This event is part of Design Museum Portland’s exhibition: Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics, on view at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, February 15 – May 9, 2018.
For more information on this exhibition and other programs, visit the Bespoke Bodies website!
Cover image courtesy Design Museum Portland.