Handprints e-NABLE Scotland is a student society at the University of Glasgow, where they make personalised 3D printed prosthetics for the local community free of charge. They specialise in 3D printing elbow or wrist-controlled prosthetics, that allow the user to grip and control objects.

Over the a series of posts we'll be profiling some of the people involved in this special project:

Hi, could you introduce yourself?

Hi! My name is Elspeth and I study Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. I was the Media and Publicity Manager for Handprints e-NABLE Scotland last year and I am to be the secretary for the organisation this year and I cannot wait!

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How did you get into your current field?

So in school, like most 16 year olds, I had no idea what subject area I wanted to go into until I read the following story on a blog I came across. The article told of a scientist who designed a device that uses a smart phone to detect blood borne diseases. Whereas previously it took weeks for results, this method took a matter of minutes. This person was a Biomedical Engineer and I realised it was exactly the sort of thing I wanted to do.

Elspeth engineering

What are your goals?

It may sound cliché but I really do aspire to help people in my life. This is why I am on the committee for a society at university called Handprints e-NABLE Scotland. At Handprints, we 3D print personalised upper limb prosthetics free of charge for those who may need one. Our recipients are often children, although we will create a prosthetic for whoever requires one. This organisation is very close to my heart and I urge you to follow us to keep up with what we’re doing! We are always looking for recipients and volunteers.

Do you have a mentor?

I don’t have a mentor as such, but I do look up to certain people. This would include lots of incredible people I work with at university and my mum! She is a physicist herself and has always pushed me to be the best version of myself. My dad also is a big inspiration to me as he is the reason I first discovered engineering.

Do you mentor anyone?

Not as such, I like to think the work we do with Handprints is inspiring to some people and may encourage them to pursue similar interests.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to break into tech/stem?

Quite simply, if you’re interested in it, just do it! I was never very interested in maths or engineering at school but once I came across biomedical engineering, I knew it was for me. It’ll be hard work but the rewards from it are incredible and so worth it. Don’t let anyone make you doubt your abilities or choices and just go for it!

Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?

There’s a great page on Instagram called @womenwhoengineer. Every post is about celebrating a different female in engineering doing amazing stuff within their disciplines and it’s really cool to see.

What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?

First and foremost, following Handprints e-NABLE Scotland! Most of my work will be through them while I’m at university for the next couple of years and I cannot stress enough how incredible this organisation is.

To see more of what we do check us out at:

Website: https://www.handprintsenable.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handprints.enable/

Instagram: handprints.enable

Twitter: Handprints_GU

LinkedIn: Handprints e-NABLE Scotland

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