IamA amputee student engineer, wearing the world’s most intelligent prosthetic limb, AMA!
In January 2010 I had to learn to walk again after losing a leg in a hit-and-run accident. I initially struggled with traditional prosthetic limbs that are difficult to control but in 2013 I got to trial the Linx limb, which uses robotics to act like a real human leg and I have since been involved with its development.
The Linx is the current winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. Getting involved with the team recognised as the UK’s best in innovation really tipped me towards a love of engineering and I am now an aerospace engineering student at Kingston University, UK, as well as part of its Rocket Propulsion Group.
Prosthetics are a really rewarding piece of engineering that can change people’s lives - as an amputee student, I wear shorts and am proud to be rocking a serious bit of titanium carbon fibre around campus. Alongside my studies, I am also undertaking placements in areas such as manufacturing and materials, where I am gaining lots of cross-sector experience to boost my graduate skills.
Proof 1: https://twitter.com/legless29/status/833383446022086658 Proof 2: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/inprog/ Proof 3: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/prizes-and-medals/other-awards/the-macrobert-award/2016-finalist-blatchford
I’ll be answering questions from 3pm until 6pm GMT, and look forward to hearing from you!
EDIT I'm starting to wrap up now, have really enjoyed answering your questions! Best question I've ever had is "how's your leg?" Still waiting for it to grow back!
EDIT That's it, thank you everyone for all your questions!