Thermoelectric cooling system for prostheses wins Student Technology Venture Competition

Leto Solutions was announced as first place winner in the Student Technology Venture Competition for their thermoelectric cooling system prototype that adds comfort and improves hygiene for prostheses.

Using thermoelectric technology, the Aquilonix Prosthetic Cooling System is integrated into a prosthetic socket worn by the patient and regulates the temperature and reduces sweating. It was developed by undergraduate engineering majors Austin Darius, Jake Montez, David Schultz and Gary Walters, and undergraduate business majors Nam Do, Eric Michael Garza, Enrique Medrano and Justin Stultz who also developed a business plan to market the technology.

“It’s been 6 years since my leg was amputated, and for 6 years I’ve been searching for a solution to the discomfort that I feel from heat every day wearing a prosthetic,” Walters stated. “This competition allowed for the perfect time and opportunity to create a solution.”

Established in 2007 and held semi-annually, the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship offers the largest award of all undergraduate business planning competitions in the nation. It offers UTSA’s undergraduate senior business and engineering students the opportunity to build a technology, patent it, create a business and launch it in a rigorous incubator program. Winners receive $100,000 in cash and business-related services, including consulting, marketing and legal services, officer space and other benefits.

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