LeTourneau University biomedical engineering professor Dr. Roger
Gonzalez was quoted today in a national media story by MSNBC health writer JoNel Aleccia about the
university’s LEGS program that provides low-cost, durable prosthetics to amputees in developing
countries. Aleccia’s story focused on Haiti earthquake victims and their need for prosthetics,
which matches the humanitarian purpose of LEGS. See the story
The Jan. 12 earthquake registered 7.0 on the Richter scale and has
left an estimated 200,000 dead and thousands homeless.
The LEGS program began five years ago when undergraduate
engineering students developed a low-cost, maintenance-free knee design that could be manufactured
for about $15 with simple tools such as a band saw and drill press. LEGS, which stands for
LeTourneau Empowering Global Solutions, is part of an ongoing senior engineering design curriculum
at the interdenominational Christian university. The LEGS program has been implemented in Kenya,
Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.