April 2020

Technical Presentation

3D Printed and Prosthetics Orthotics for Amputees and Children in North America

Status: 33 seats available
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Location: University of Victoria - Student Union Building, Michelle Pujol Room, Victoria, BC
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Presenter: Dr. Nikolai Dechev, P.Eng.,
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Non-Member Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Student Member Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00
Contact: For more information, please contact the Event Coordinator, Perla Rodulfo Gomez.
Note: Please register by April 15, 2020.
The topic of the presentation for the evening is, "3D Printed and Prosthetics Orthotics for Amputees and Children in North America". Attendees will gain an understanding on how leveraging new technologies, engineering design, and clinical partnership will bring about health care technology that is accessible for many people who normally cannot afford this care.

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. 


Dr. Nikolai Dechev, P.Eng.,

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.

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