Millersville University Review - Spring/Summer 2014
Magazine for alumni and friends of Millersville University.
MAKING THEIR MARK... MILLERSVILLE INVENTORS BY STEPHEN KOPFINGER ’85 A pioneer in biomechatronics, Dr. Hugh Herr, left, brings a unique perspective to his inventions. WEBB CHAPPELL PHOTOGRAPHY They say necessity is the mother of invention. That may be true, but Millersville University has played a supporting role for many alumni inventors. “I graduated from high school not knowing what a percentage was. Two years into Millersville, I was studying quantum mechanics.” The campus has graduated its share of inventors and innovators, ranging from a female pioneer in psychology—a field where women were not expected to be taken seriously in less tolerant times—to a man who overcame adversity to create prosthetic limbs that allow people to walk, run, dance and climb mountains. D r. Hugh Herr ’90 lost both of his legs in a 1982 climbing accident on New England’s Mount Washington. He and fellow climber Jeff Batzer ran into freezing weather and became stranded.