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Cesar Carreto

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2021
Biomedical Engineering

Development of a Prosthetic Foot using Dielectric Elastomer Actuators

Mentor: Jeffrey La Belle
FURI: Fall 2018

Currently, the researcher is trying to create a prosthetic foot using a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA), which is essentially rubber deforming under an electrical force. Creating a dielectric elastomer needs careful consideration on the type of rubber and electrodes for the current, so the researcher is trying materials that can be useful for a proof concept. Once a DEA can be properly crafted, the next step would be designing how to deform it so that is can mimic a foot.