Corvah Akoiwala ’19

Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Important URI Experiences: In a collaborative project with college students in Colombia and fellow URI engineering students, he designed and made a prosthetic arm for a 9-year-old Colombian boy, and traveled to Columbia to see the boy put it on for the first time. During his senior capstone design class, he expanded his knowledge of prosthetics, using augmented reality programs to train new prosthesis users to operate their devices.

In his own Words: (About his experience creating a prosthetic arm for the young boy in Colombia): “The work was hard, but seeing how happy he was made everything worth it. I was able to change someone’s life for the better, and that was incredibly rewarding, maybe the most rewarding thing ever.”

URI Activities: A popular DJ who hosted musical events around campus, he also served as treasurer of URI’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and was president of Brothers on a New Direction, a community service organization that unites young men of color and provides them with mentors.

Career Goal: Combining his dual interests in medicine and engineering, he is interested in a career in the medical device field.

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