Millersville University Review - Spring/Summer 2014
Magazine for alumni and friends of Millersville University.
MAKING THEIR MARK... MILLERSVILLE INVENTORS BY STEPHEN KOPFINGER ’85 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.” A pioneer in biomechatronics, Dr. Hugh Herr, left, brings a unique perspective to his inventions. 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. WEBB CHAPPELL PHOTOGRAPHY