Graduating senior Jillian Dunn has a passion for building prosthetics, and relationships

Jillian Dunn always liked working with her hands, doing art projects and helping her parents with DIY projects. She just wasn’t sure what to do with that interest when she got to college. What she did know is that she loved volunteering and building relationships with the people she was helping. While volunteering with the Special Olympics at Iowa State, Dunn met a local prosthetist and thought that was something her engineering degree would work well with. So she spent this past summer in Nashville, volunteering at a non-profit that makes blade runners for amputee athletes. Dunn says she loved it, and followed that opportunity up with a trip to Ecuador volunteering for the Range of Motion project, bringing prosthetic care to those without access to those services. Dunn says that making prosthetics is the perfect career for her, and she can't wait to get started.