Alumnus Discusses Prosthetics on NPR’s Fresh Air

November 24, 2009
By Chris Richter

We’ve posted about Jonathan Kuniholm ’02, ’03 MS, MID here before and in NC State magazine. He’s the alumnus and Marine reservist who lost part of his right arm to an improvised explosive device in Iraq and is working to improve prosthetics (the Open Prosthetics Project). Kuniholm was on NPR’s Fresh Air recently to talk about prosthetic arms and his work with the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Project, which is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It’s part of a government effort to improve the functionality of prosthetic limbs. It’s badly needed, as he told host Dave Davies:

But what I do know is that we’ve done a 100-year experiment in doing things the traditional way that’s been an utter failure and so. I have some ideas that some might think are fairly radical but, it may be time for some radical thinking.

It’s been a busy year for Kuniholm. He was on 60 Minutes in late spring, and The Utne Reader magazine named him one of its 50 visionaries “who are changing your world” for 2009. And this summer, he was part of a group of combat-wounded veterans climbing Mt. Denali. Kuniholm had to end his climb early because of his potential to develop high altitude pulmonary edema, but one his fellow climbers was named one of National Geographic Adventure magazine’s Adventurers of the Year.

You can find Kuniholm on his blog and on Twitter at @kuniholm.

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