Engineer & Co-Founder of Limbitless Solutions
“We want to make an impact on a global level. When you find that intersection of creativity, inclusion and empathy, it will resonate with others in whatever field you’re in.”
—Dr. Albert Manero
When Dr. Albert Manero was growing up, his parents taught him the importance of making the world a better place. That inspiration has taken form in Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit devoted to bringing 3-D printed bionic arms and hands to children at no cost to their families. Ever-evolving, the company has since expanded its mission to create bionic arms for adults, prioritizing veterans and first responders. Manero’s vision pairs innovation with compassion and design with scientific purpose, reminding all of us of what technology can achieve through singular vision and charitable spirit. Read More >
Bionics for Humanity: Disability is Not An Option
RPI Union Speaker Forum 2016
Limbitless Solutions - Iron Man Delivers a Prosthetic Arm
Limbitless Solutions - Blue Man Group Delivers Prosthetic Arm
The Collective Project: Printing 3D Miracles for Kids
Finding the ‘Why’ of Mathematics and Engineering
Limbitless Solutions has shown the world that it takes a village to disrupt an industry. They’ve also shown how innovation can be fueled by bringing together a wide range of expertise and talent, vs. relying on one discipline. Teaming engineers with artists, marketers with game designers and more, the company has become a case study in innovative, interdisciplinary design. As Dr. Manero says, “It’s rare to see so many different majors working together under one roof.” Limbitless Solutions has also created partnerships with other organizations — from the Mayo Clinic to game designers—to further expand their scope and offerings. Sharing invaluable lessons on how to leverage the power of cross-collaboration and optimally manage diverse teams, this presentation provides leaders the inspiration and applicable takeaways they need to lead their teams into the fast-changing future.
Are there really scientists and engineers doing futuristic work in bionics like Tony Stark and Iron Man? Yes! Visionary engineer Dr. Albert Manero’s team created a prosthetic arm that Robert Downey Jr. presented to a young Iron Man fan. For real! Where does all this genius work begin? With STEAM education — emphasis on the “A” for “Art.” STEAM fosters critical thinking, grows creativity and, as Dr. Manero exemplifies, can literally change lives. In this highly engaging talk, he explains how careers in STEAM are within every student’s reach — "STEAM is for everyone.” Dr. Manero inspires students to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, creators, and real-life superheroes. He also encourages teachers to help STEAM students thrive in active, hands-on learning environments that celebrate the human impact STEAM careers can have. Manero says it is important to inspire the next generation of innovators and that starts early. A real-life superhero himself, Manero donates his speaking proceeds towards providing free prosthetic limbs for children and adults in need.
One of the prime directives of Limbitless Solutions is to use science and engineering as a tool to help other people, effecting positive change at both community and global levels. In this inspiring presentation, Dr. Manero tells the Limbitless Solutions story as a case study in effective social entrepreneurship. He recounts how the company went from a visionary idea — providing free bionic arms to children in need — to a breakthrough organization. He disrupted an industry by producing prosthetic limbs that once cost $40,000+, for only $750 in hardware. Sharing inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and finding breakthrough solutions, Dr. Manero motivates individuals and organizations to follow their passions to do well by doing good.
The blending of digital and physical life in the future of Metaverse provides unlimited potential for new forms of engagement and expression. However real questions remain for how to secure accessibility and inclusion to the platform for individuals with accessibility needs. By leveraging the lessons learned from communities focused on gaming with disability, Dr. Albert Manero focuses the conversation on new ways to think about the human machine interface. Conversations on the potential challenges for those with limb differences and other inclusion points drive discussion on the future of the Metaverse.
"Albert was simply phenomenal. He had an audience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the community whose backgrounds span STEM, nursing, and even business/entrepreneurship. He was able to present a talk that was informative about the work that he and Limbitless do, but also highlight for students the importance of academic perseverance, the importance of never giving up, and his own struggles as an engineering student.”
"Albert’s greatest presentation strength is his ability to connect engineering with meaning. We had Albert present a keynote to a National Engineering Forum regional dialogue of engineering leaders, and he brought to life Limbitless Solutions’ goal to create hope with 3D limbs by sharing how engineers, equipped with technical know-how and talent, can use their free time to change the world. Albert and the Limbitless mission is a story that must be shared and will inspire all audiences – from the highly technical to the general public, from business to philanthropy."
"Albert was a huge hit, as you can imagine. I trust it will result in some increased interest across the spectrum of our institutions and hopefully financial support for his efforts, as well. Some very generous and involved, socially-conscious folks who do a lot for many were in the audience."
"Albert was our keynote speaker at the Design & Manufacturing Conference: Innovations in 3D Printing. His presentation was very inspiring and set the perfect tone for our audience. I look forward to representing him on our future programs, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for pioneers who are engineering a better world for us all."
"He was AMAZING! Great turn out- the audience was fully engaged! Thanks for everything!"
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