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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.


Millersville University Review - Spring/Summer 2014