Advanced Platform Technology Center
Stuart Rowan, PhD
Photo: Squid beak from project, "Bio-inspired Materials for New Prosthetic Liners." Attaching hard metal or plastic prosthetic components to the soft, vulnerable skin and muscle of the residual arm or leg is a recipe for discomfort, or worse, further injury and tissue damage. Our goal is to improve the interface between a veteran amputee and their prosthetic limb by developing a new material for prosthetic liners inspired by the ‘shock absorber’ function of a squid beak. Dr. Rowan is a principal investigator on this project.