Marine Captain Jonathan Kuniholm has a PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University and has master's degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design from North Carolina State University. He has worked in the research and development of tools for robotic cardiac surgery for Cardiovations, a Johnson & Johnson company. He is an officer in the Marine Corps Reserve. And has served with distinction for 9 years.
Kuniholm was sent to Iraq in 2004. On New Year’s Day 2005, Iraqi insurgents ambushed his patrol. They remotely detonated a device packed with shrapnel and explosives, and then started firing their weapons as the platoon took cover and returned fire. “I was wounded in the initial explosion, and my right arm was later amputated below the elbow,” Kuniholm says.
Jon Presented the project to Nate and I, and showed us the limitations his new hand was experiencing. As we asked him many questions, we were able to use his Design and Engineering knowledge to our benefit.