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Each year, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosts an innovation showcase called IShow. Teams compete to created hardware-based "social innovation" products that address issues facing communities and individuals around the world. The winners receive $50,000 to help make their invention a reality.
Jessica Menold was one of this year's three winners. A mechanical engineering graduate student at Penn State, Jessica and her team were tasked with creating and increasing access to prosthetics for amputees in developing countries. They bio-engineered a human socket that is easily produced in a fraction of the time of a traditional prosthetic.