Sanders' UW Research Lab

Prosthetic Science & Technology


Our team of engineers and clinicians advance limb prosthetics

by creating and applying innovative measurement techniques

to understand complex physiological and biomechanical

issues that affect prosthesis users.


During 26 years of research, we have answered key clinical questions

to further scientific knowledge in prosthetics.

Innovative Technology

Our research projects typically involve the development of an innovative technique to measure something that has never been measured before. We work closely with practitioners and physicians to identify where physiological or clinical understanding is clouded, and to generate key questions that need answering. We typically build the instruments that we design and then quickly start to use them in clinically-relevant studies on subject participants.

Clinical Application

Achieving a seamless transition back and forth between the engineering lab bench and the clinic is a key to our success. Using our early prototypes in clinically-focused studies facilitates new insight and directions that might not be otherwise considered. We are constantly discovering.


Through our research efforts we help create the next generation of prosthetic scientists and researchers that will further advance the field and enhance the quality of life of people with limb loss. Since 1992, a total of 59 undergraduate students, 27 graduate students, 4 postdoctoral fellows, 2 junior faculty, and 44 research scientists have contributed to the research success of our lab. Students have earned a total of over 40 fellowships.