A long feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looked at Ryan Wade, a five-year-old Northampton boy who has a new mechanical arm he uses to feed himself because a genetic abnormality prevents him from full use of his arms and elbows. Students from Professor Frank Sup’s MIE 415 Senior Capstone Design course in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department invented the device. The students are Brian Cormier, Andrew Friedlieb, Catherine Paquin, and Kyle Morrell. Nursing student Emily Gardner was also involved in the project. The team of students also recently won the capstone course’s end-of-semester poster contest, describing their invention to improve the quality of life for children with Pediatric Multiple Synostosis Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by multiple bone fusions involving the face, limbs, and middle ear.