LeTourneau University’s LEGS program to provide low-cost prosthetics to amputees in developing
countries was featured in a front-page story in The Dallas Morning News Sunday, July 6, 2008,
reaching over a half a million newspaper subscribers.
The story was written by Washington-based international correspondent Jim Landers, who
traveled to Sierra Leone with LETU biomedical engineering professor Dr. Roger Gonzalez and
graduated senior Micah Casteel as they conducted a workshop to teach medical staff from charity
organizations there how to make the LEGS prosthetic for
Dallas Morning News photographer Kye R. Lee documented the trip with images in the newspaper
and on the Web site at
The workshop in Sierra Leone was designed to provide sustainability to the LEGS program by
teaching workers there how to make the prosthetic device after LeTourneau students and faculty
return home from the African continent.
"The way to really help is to give them the tools to be independent," Gonzalez was quoted in
The LEGS program began in 2004 when LeTourneau University engineering students under Dr.
Gonzalez’ direction, designed a low-cost prosthetic leg with an articulating knee-joint that met
international standards yet could be manufactured using rudimentary tools found in developing
LEGS stands for LeTourneau University Engineering Global Solutions and has provided
prosthetics and training in Kenya, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone. The program began as part of a
senior design program, in which undergraduate engineering students designed, built and tested their
prosthetic legs benefiting amputees in the world’s poorest countries. To read more about the LEGS
program, go to
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university of nearly 4,000 students
with academic majors in the aeronautical sciences, business, education, engineering, the liberal
arts and sciences. LeTourneau University is located in Longview, Texas, but also offers business
degrees and teacher certification programs online
and at education centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler.