LETU Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education About LEGS
Fri, Dec 4 2009
LeTourneau University was featured today in a print story in
The Chronicle of Higher Education
about the university’s low-cost prosthetic program, LEGS, and a strikingly similar project by
two Stanford University graduate students.
magazine recently lauded the Stanford team in its
“Top 50 Inventions of 2009”
however, the LETU program has been ongoing for the past five years by undergraduate
students and, while the Stanford team knew of LETU’s research and failed to cite it, they also
failed to tell the national magazine it was not a new invention.
LETU was featured yesterday in an online story
David vs. Goliath: Colleges Battle Over Prosthetic Knee Invention” by John R. Quain. In that
story, Quain describes what he calls an “academic squabble” and quotes LETU biomedical engineering
professor Dr. Roger V. Gonzalez, who is the executive director of the
(LeTourneau Empowering Global Solutions) program. “The success of projects can depend on
notoriety and being able to secure funds,” Gonzalez said. “People will say, ‘Hey, your knee
looks like Stanford’s knee.’”
LETU undergraduate engineering students have been providing these
low-cost prosthetics to amputees in developing countries including Kenya, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh
and Senegal since the project started in 2004.
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