A Creighton graduate was recently named the 2015 AIM Student Tech Innovator of the Year for prosthetic advances.

Adam Carson graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and now works with Jorge Zuniga, Ph.D., in his 3D research and innovation laboratory located at Creighton.

Zuniga’s 3D Research and Innovation laboratory has created affordable 3D printed prosthetic hands known as Cyborg Beast Prosthetics.

“Using technology like 3D printers to create really cool things was awesome,” Carson said. “But seeing its ability to create something that could impact someone’s life was what really got my attention. From there, I took on bigger projects and continued to develop my skills in 3D modeling and printing to improve our devices.”

“Technology is all around us now, in so many forms,” he added. “Yes we can watch Netflix and take pictures, but I think the true value of these technologies lies in the positive impact they can have in society.”

Zuniga nominated Carson for the award.

“Working with Dr. Z the last couple years has been an incredible experience,” said Carson. “The opportunities he has given me and so many others to succeed are countless.”

“Although our research team consists of primarily undergraduate students, he values every single person’s opinion or idea as if they are a colleague of his. Aside from research, I have been inspired by Dr. Z’s passion to always help others before myself,” said Carson.

Dimitrios Katsavelis has worked with 3D printing as well and is part of the "mechanical hand" project.

“Adam is an extraordinary young man, and I have been impressed by his diligence and work ethic,” Katsavelis said. “He is very knowledgeable in this emerging technology. He is meticulous and passionate with what he does. He is fully dedicated to this project, and his contribution is invaluable.”

Jean Peck participates in design modification and fitting of the Cyborg Beast prosthetic hand. She has also been instrumental in designing various activity-specific devices to assist children in performing leisure activities.

“He never turns down a project,” Peck said. “He embraces every new challenge and works tirelessly until the project is complete, while remaining humble about his contribution.”

“His 3D designing skills, mechanical knowledge and work ethic make him an irreplaceable member of the team,” Peck added.

Carson currently continues his work in Dr. Zuniga’s lab, expanding the research to include lower-limb prosthetics and even exploring the potent for the development of children’s toys and model kits inspired by the prosthetics design process.

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