Carl Caspers


Carl Caspers CPO of EMS became an amputee as a result of an accident in high school. In search of a more comfortable and functional socket, Carl became interested in prosthetic limb design. In 1967 Carl graduated from Northwestern Medical University in Chicago, IL and became a certified prosthetist/orthotist.

With a commitment to making a difference in the lives of amputees, Carl founded Northwestern Artificial Limb and Brace in 1978. After discovering the unique properties of urethane, Carl invented the revolutionary TEC Interface System, which has given amputees around the world a newfound independence.

Working with St Cloud State University he then developed the sub-atmospheric socket technology (vacuum), which he sold to Otto Bock Health Care in 2003. His latest contribution is Environmentally Managed Systems; a custom fabricated, enhanced static co-efficient of friction, multi-surface socket, dynamically activated, variable response technology (EMS), which is now available.

Carl received the 1992 recipient of the Governor’s Award in Minnesota for out-standing achievement in the area of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. In 1995 he was awarded the second runner-up for the National Small Business of the Year award and the City of St. Cloud and State of Minnesota Small Business of the Year awards. Carl has also won the AAOP Technical Award for Creativity and was featured in Forbes Magazine. In 2012 he was inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame. Carl has been issued 18 patents.

In addition to these awards, Carl is a member of ABC, AAOP and a past president of the Minnesota Academy of Orthotics/Prosthetics. He has also been an examiner for orthotic and prosthetic exams.

Both a national and international speaker, Carl has presented for various prosthetic regional and national meetings as well as numerous educational courses.