One West Virginia student inventor can now add Glamour girl to her resume.
Katherine Bomkamp, a junior political science major at West Virginia University, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 2013 Top 10 College Women for her invention of a prosthetic device aimed at eliminating phantom pain in amputees.
The May issue, which hit newsstands today, features Bomkamp, 21, under the headline "For vets who are suffering, she's a hero."
Bomkamp, who is the daughter of a U.S. Air Force veteran, first developed the prosthetic as part of a science project after she spoke with amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during her sophomore year of high school.
The "Pain-Free Socket" incorporates thermal-bio feedback into prosthetics to eliminate phantom pain in amputees. About 80 percent of the world's 10 million amputees experience phantom pain, which is caused by the brain continuing to send signals and commands to the limb.
The magazine feature includes her goal to start producing her invention - and to work at Google - and a tip from the student, which is not to let anyone tell you no.
"People wrote me off," she said in the piece. "Luckily, I didn't listen."
The Waldorf, Md., native traveled to New York last week, where she and nine other honorees toured the Rockefeller Center and Facebook's office. She also mentored teens and underprivileged school children, met with recruiters and was recognized at a celebrity panel.
"We had three very action-packed days; lots of stuff crammed into three days," Bomkamp said. "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to represent West Virginia University on the national scale. It's a huge honor to represent the state of West Virginia and our university."