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, I'm Maja Mierzwinska and I'm going into my 3rd year of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow.


How did you get into your current field?
In high school I had quite a broad interest in different subjects. I particularly enjoyed the sciences and participated in several science competitions throughout the years. These quickly helped me realise the impact that science, and in particular physics, can have on our everyday lives. The idea of being able to use my knowledge in a practical way to help people made me decide to study engineering.
After doing some research, I figured out that the specific field of biomedical engineering was the area that would allow me to help in the way that I'd like to most, so I studied a lot, applied to university and joined the course.

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What are your goals?
I would love to learn how to use what I've learned to make a positive impact within the area of rehabilitation engineering. I'm mostly curious about how neuroscience can be used to help people after accidents and with disabilities, so hopefully completing my current course will allow me to go into this area of bioengineering.

This goal was further encouraged after I joined Handprints e-NABLE Scotland, which is a student led society where we 3D print upper limb prosthetics for children. We also run educational events and develop designs to help disabled animals move with more ease. Being part of such a hard-working and meaningful society helped me realise the importance of engineering within the medical sector.

Do you have a mentor?
My older brother studied and now works as an engineer. He helped spark my interest in STEM by showing me it's importance in everyday life.

Do you mentor anyone?
I work as a mentor for the university during high school visits and summer schools. There, I have the opportunity to help students gain a realistic perspective of what it is like to be a university student. It's definitely one of my favourite parts of the whole university experience.

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

I would say to take your time and do your research - find what genuinely interests you and then try to figure out how your interest can be used to help in a practical way. I think that seeing the greater picture and finding value in what you do acts as a great safety net to fall back on in case you lose motivation at some point.

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

This could be my Instagram @maya_mier , but I would also encourage to check out the up-to-date work we do @handprints.enable.

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