GLM Highlight in Technology: Katherine Bomkamp

Katherine Bomkamp was chosen to be honored as one of our GLM Highlights in Technology. She was selected because of her phenomenal innovative work on helping military amputees get back into the workplace. Bomkamp is known for her research and development of the “Pain Free Socket,” a prosthetic device designed to alleviate phantom pain in millions of amputees around the globe. She has been inducted into the National Museum of Education’s National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors; named one of Glamour magazine’s 21 Amazing Young Women; received honorable mention at the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and received a patent for her invention. Amazingly, all of this started in 2006 when, then 15-year-old Katherine Bomkamp and her father, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Bomkamp, went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for a medical appointment. Katherine is now a Newman Civic Fellow and political science sophomore at West Virginia University

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