The Victoria Hand Project is an example of a scalable solution that will help increase equitable health outcomes for more children in Canada and the US. The prostheses help amputees regain function, improving their quality of life and increasing their access to employment.
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria
Nikolai Dechev received his B.A.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD degrees all from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, in 1996, 1999, and 2004, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, and Acting Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Dechev has held these positions since July 2018. He was formerly Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program for 4 years. He is also the Executive Director of the Victoria Hand Project, a non-profit that provides upper-limb prosthetics to amputees in developing and resource-poor countries. He has teaching interests in biomedical engineering and design engineering. His research interests include: assistive technologies for disabled persons, provision of 3D printed prostheses for amputees, and development of orthotic braces for children suffering from scoliosis.