Dr. Yingtao Liu
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
My research this semester was to begin the design of an under actuated prosthetic hand. What this is, is a prosthetic hand that operates using only 2 motors, or actuators, and due to the small number of actuators it is under actuated. Internal mechanisms for the fingers and the thumb had to be designed along with a palm to encase all of it.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students:
I learned how to operate 3D printers, and how to design for 3D printing through this project. Sometimes the best design you have, will fail when you try to actually create it outside of just a computer program. This research also tested my time management skills heavily, because i did not have nearly enough time to actually fully accomplish the desired goals due to my 16 credit hours of class i was attending at the same time. It was a fun learning experience regardless however.
Awards and/or presentations:
Gallucci, Spencer. "Under Actuated Prosthetic Hand." Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.