Engineering Hero: The Bright Future of Bionic Limb Prosthetics

December 27, 2023

Engineering Hero: The Bright Future of Bionic Limb Prosthetics

In this eighth installment of Engineering Heroes, sponsored by Wind River, we’d like to introduce you to Albert Manero and John Sparkman, co-founders of Limbitless Solutions, a University of Central Florida-based nonprofit.



When you hear the term “bionic arm,” it’s very possible you think of something totally futuristic, or maybe even something robotic like you’d find in a factory. You probably wouldn’t think of a bionic prosthetic limb designed to fit a child and painted in a variety of bright colors. 

Well, that’s what University of Central Florida-based non-profit Limbitless Solutions does. Limbitless Solutions was founded by UCF alumni Albert Manero and John Sparkman in 2014 and has since grown from a kitchen table to a venture working toward FDA approval to make their bionic prosthetics prescription-available to patients with limb differences.

But you can hear about it from Albert and John themselves in the podcast episode above, and stay tuned for more Engineering Heroes content!

Editor's Note: For more Engineering Hero content, check out the links below.

Daire McNamara, Director and Firmware Engineer, Emdalo Technologies:

Nandini Kappiah, Senior Director of Software Engineering, Google:

Valentyn Hlukhotskyy, Senior Java Software Engineer, Euristiq:

Levi Zima, RF Microwave Engineer:

Samer Mabrouk, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology:

Anton Riström, Department Manager, Aker Solutions:

Dr. Karisa Schreck, Assistant Professor of neurology, oncology, and neurosurgery & Co-Director of BRAF Brain Tumor Center, Johns Hopkins:

Albert Manero, Co-Founder, Limbitless Solutions: