I was on the organizing committee and attended a National Academy of Sciences and W.M. Keck Foundation-sponsored meeting several months ago addressing the science and technology of “Smart Prosthetics”.  “Smart” prosthetics use information from the brain (or deliver information to the brain) to guide or control their functionality — for example, to control an artificial limb, to restore hearing or vision, to re-animate a paralyzed trunk or arm, etc.  One of the important young contributors to this meeting was a young Engineering (Biomechanics) Professor, Kevin Granata, a world authority on the abnormal biodynamics of patients with spinal injuries and cerebral palsy.

Dr. Granata’s business address was 307 Norris Hall, Virginia Tech University.  When he heard those unmistakable sounds from within his office, Kevin Granata came out to help.