Dr. White

Dr. Stephen White, front, of Angola holds an early version of a band used to hold the hands-free device he uses to talk in place. A group of Trine University students working through Innovation One designed and developed the improved version White is wearing and presented it to him on Friday at the university. Back row, from left, are Dr. Maria Gerschutz, chair of Trine’s Biomedical Engineering Department; Austin Crouse, a sophomore from Pendleton; Jason Blume, executive director of Innovation One; Sydney Schlafer, a freshman from Fishers; and Nathan Kell, a sophomore from Morristown.

Story of students’ help for Angola man covered on Fort Wayne TV

Reporters from Fort Wayne television news stations were on the Trine University campus Friday as three biomedical engineering students presented Dr. Stephen White, an Angola resident who had a laryngectomy in 2014, with a band they redesigned to help him speak more easily.

21Alive noted that it is a “first of its kind device, and it was perfected right here at Trine University, by underclassmen.”


The students told WFFT the project gave them a taste of what they will be doing in the real world.