Wednesday, October 14, 2015
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Chairperson: Annie Wang, President, SENVOL
Whether printing food, clothes, prosthetic devices, human tissue, and possibly even emergency shelters, 3D printing technology is tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. This exclusive session will take you on a journey that shows you how innovating with 3D printing is advancing the field of bionics and becoming the hope for engineering.
Albert Manero, Executive Director, LIMBITLESS SOLUTIONS
Dominique Courbin, Director of Production, LIMBITLESS SOLUTIONS
When Albert Manero was young, his parents taught him the importance of making the world a better place. “[They] always encouraged me to use my education to help others and to dream big dreams,” he says. “Now I want to inspire others to help engineer hope for the world.”
Today, he’s focused on making a positive impact on the grandest and smallest scales. As a doctoral candidate in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a Fulbright Academic Fellow, Manero’s research uses X-Rays to test advanced aerospace materials for next-generation jet engines that will power hypersonic vehicles designed to accelerate the future of space exploration. “Our collaboration with the German Aerospace Center and Argonne National Laboratory has provided incredible research opportunities and innovation,” he says. “Learning in such a diverse and globally minded campus prepared me to lead a team spanning nine time zones and across cultural differences.”
Manero is also the founder of Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit devoted to bringing 3-D printed bionic arms and hands to children at no cost to their families. Leading a multidisciplinary group of volunteer UCF students and alumni, he has designed and donated battery-operated devices to young people across the United States, and given the plans to international groups so they can assist children in their regions. “I have a dream that someday we can work with the U.N. and UNICEF to set up 3-D stations around the world to help every child who can benefit from this,” Manero says. And to help future students with disabilities, Manero and his team also created an endowed scholarship fund for these students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering or math at UCF.