A team of eight undergraduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio (USTA) won the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, presented by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) for a prototype thermoelectric cooling system they developed and a business plan they wrote to market the technology. The cooling system adds comfort and improves hygiene for prosthetic users.
Individuals with amputations who wear prosthetic limbs frequently experience discomfort. Heat builds up in the space where their residual limbs meet the prostheses, leading to the accumulation of sweat. In addition to the discomfort this causes, medical problems can result, such as infection, skin breakdown, ulcers, and painful friction blisters.
The team, Leto Solutions, produced the Aquilonix Prosthetic Cooling System that uses thermoelectric technology integrated into a prosthetic socket worn by the patient to regulate the temperature and reduce sweating.
Leto Solutions includes undergraduate engineering majors Austin Darius, Jake Montez, David Schultz, and Gary Walters, and undergraduate business majors Nam Do, Eric Michael Garza, Enrique Medrano, and Justin Stultz.