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Everyone knows we have some of the finest schools in the country here in Eastern Washington, and with those schools come many brilliant students. But some prove unique in what they do with the skills they learn.  Inside the engineering lab at Gonzaga University, Chris Birmingham works to a unique beat. Some call the 21-year-old a robotics genius, but he wouldn't say that. He says he's an inventor.  He's studying assistive robotics...a craft with a greater purpose. 

"We think we can build robots to provide support for these people who need it," he explained. "Being a part of something bigger than yourself is part of life."

It started last summer, when he and a team at Georgia Tech helped build a robot to feed a quadriplegic man. His new project is a prosthetic arm. He and his robotics club hope to donate it to someone in need next semester.

Two weeks ago, Chris won a Marshall Scholarship to study in England at a top university, where he'll pursue a doctorate in robotics.

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