Soldier works with schools to custom-design prosthetic leg

11/18/2013 | Stars and Stripes

Army combat diver Billy Costello, who lost a leg above the knee in Afghanistan, is working with the Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College in Florida to design a unique prosthetic leg that would be suitable in the water and on land. Pentagon officials say Costello is the only active-duty amputee on record to design his own prosthesis. A consortium that includes SPC and Florida State University offers a master's degree in industrial engineering with a specialty in management of orthotics and prosthetics, and Costello hopes his design can be improved enough so that graduate students can work on finalizing it as a class project.

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