Below-Knee Prosthesis

Problem Statement: The purpose of this project is to design a below-knee prosthetic device that increases patient compatibility.

Overview: We are a sub-team within the H-STEM Enterprise focusing on the development of prosthetic devices. Annually, 150,000 people undergo below-knee amputations and are then required to obtain a prosthetic [1]. However, acquisition of a customized prosthetic does not come without a plethora of challenges: 

Our goal is to minimize these shortcomings by designing an innovative below-knee prosthetic device that identifies patient individuality during the prosthetic design phase.


The Knee prostheses team is a dynamic team of individuals whose areas of interest include prosthetic design, electrical engineering, modeling, and biomaterials.

To learn more about the Below-Knee Prostheses team contact Jess Illg at

Design Expo Poster

Design Expo Presentation

Current Members

Front Row (left to right): Chase Henderson, Charlie Lincolnhol, Bronwyn Weiker, Kelsey Jensen, Madison Ide

Back Row (left to right): Thomas  Van Wingen, Eddie Solan, Kieran Vacek, Jess Illg, Rayne Avalos, Lance Waise

[1]. Molina CS, Faulk JB. Lower Extremity Amputation. [Updated 2022 Aug 22]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: