- Skin health and pressure ulcersApplied biomechanical engineeringModern prosthetics designBiomedical engineeringAutonomous systems
Dr Florence Mbithi's background includes an MSc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from the University of Denver (Denver, CO, USA), where she worked as a Research Assistant (2012-14) within the University of Denver Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU2SRI). She graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Nairobi, Kenya). Florence also worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nairobi for 2 years prior to pursuing her doctoral degree.
Florence’s doctoral work entailed development of a technical platform & quantitative feasibility analysis for an adaptive prosthetic socket, integrating dynamic monitoring and minimisation of sub-dermal residuum tissue injury risk with active limb-socket interface pressure control, for automatic socket adjustment. This work was driven by her interest in developing technical tools to enhance design and pre-clinical analysis of medical devices, motivated by an aim to provide potential solutions towards clinical impact and socioeconomic benefits for users/patients, healthcare providers and industry.