Meet The Team
Technical Director & Co-Founder
George joined Augment Bionics soon after its conception in 2017, eventually assuming the position of technical director. He coordinates the R&D of the bionic arm, while also actively engaging in the design of structural components. George graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, having written his dissertation on a novel 3D printing technique for the manufacture of prosthetic sockets. He is an avid space enthusiast, loves product design and is an all-round Elon Musk fan.
Commercial Director & Co-Founder
Iman is a fourth year Neuroscience undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh. She's passionate about people, impact, and enterprise to help solve some of the world's biggest problems. Iman is co-founder and executive commercial director at Augment Bionics having been inspired by her previous experience in the third sector working across a range of industries. While at university, she also founded Prosper Social Finance CIC; the UK’s first student-led social investment portfolio. She is passionate about the promotion of better environmental, social, and governance principles across business and hopes to pursue this further after graduation. In her spare time Iman enjoys watching and performing stand-up comedy.
Lead Programmer & Co-Founder
Alex is in his 4th year studying Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh and has been with Augment Bionics from the start. He was inspired by the ambitious goals of the project — wanting to contribute what he could towards something with the potential to improve lives. As Lead Programmer, Alex oversees control systems and software — always looking to improve the user experience. When he's not tinkering away, he can usually be found swing dancing or playing boardgames.
Will graduated from The University of Edinburgh in July 2019 with a First-Class Honours in Economics. He is a co-founder of the company, initially joining to try to make a difference in an increasingly unequal world. His tasks have been multi-faceted and have included writing the business plan and the Articles of Association. When Will’s not on the rugby pitch, he enjoys cooking and spending time with friends.
Electrical, Electronics Engineer & Co-Founder
Jason is a second year student studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He has a strong passion for robotics, stemming from his past childhood experience from assembling Gundam plastic model kits. He is leading the development of the mechanical and electrical aspects of the bionic hand.
Originally from Canada, Elisabeth graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Chemistry. Elisabeth is proud to be a part of the co-founding team of Augment Bionics. During her initial time part of the team she was primarily in charge of Augment’s finances. Elisabeth has always had a strong interest in business and the start-up scene has been very exciting. Beyond this, Elisabeth’s own personal goals of helping others and making the world a better place align with Augment’s overarching goals. In her spare time, Elisabeth enjoys running, reading, and playing the piano.
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Aidan is a 5th year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Edinburgh who joined the team in September of 2019. With previous experience in designing and prototyping medical devices with 3D printers, Aidan is motivated by the opportunity to utilise technical engineering skills to improve the lives of people with upper limb deficiencies. His role at Augment involves overseeing and supporting the mechanical development of the prototype and helping track relevant deadlines. Outside of engineering, Aidan is a huge sports fan and spends most of his time playing football or shouting at Celtic on TV.
Clara is currently a 4th year Medical Science student at the University of Edinburgh and joined Augment Bionics in September of 2018 as she is passionate about delivering access to quality healthcare, independent of financial status. Since joining Augment, Clara has played roles ranging from legislative and intellectual property rights for the prosthetic, to meeting with professionals in the medical devices industry. Originally from Washington D.C., Clara has lived in the UK for most of her life and in her spare time, loves to bake, hang out with her dog and watch good movies. She also speaks three languages, which have come to good use whenever travelling and meeting new people.
Rufus is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student having recently joined the team in September of 2019. Building on previous experience from working with the University's Formula Student team, Rufus is seeking to improve his knowledge of embedded systems and 3D printing with a focus in the biotechnological sector. At Augment, Rufus is investigating adjustments and improvements to the new hand prototype such as the addition of active wrist mechanisms to improve mobility. Outside of University life, Rufus is a keen cyclist and runner.
Briana is originally from Seattle, Washington and just completed her Masters in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. She is a co-founder of Augment and joined in her final year of her studies. With a drive to expand her scientific background into something more commercial, she decided to join Augment to be part of an exciting journey with the potential to impact thousands of lives. In her spare time she likes to stay active playing netball and running.
Electronics & Signal Processing Engineer
Kelvin is a MSc student at Heriot-Watt University in Renewable Energy Engineering with a background in Electronics & Electrical Engineering. A recent addition to the team who joined due to a passion for building tech for biomedical devices and an interest in applying AI to the project. He is developing a new sensing system for the V2 prototype. Away from Augment Bionics, Kelvin is involved in other projects such as the construction of a solar powered sustainable house. Outside of engineering, Kelvin enjoys working on himself and early starts at the gym.
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Ákos is a 4th year Electrical and Mechanical engineering student who recently joined the team in September of 2019. He has a passion for research and development, and his main goal is to make an impact on society by improving the lives of the underprivileged. He is inspired by the refined and efficient design of living organisms that evolution gives rise to, and aims to make use of new technologies that allow us to mimic and interface with these biological systems. He is currently working on a simple, cheap and robust mechanically-driven upper limb prosthetic, mainly aimed at helping people in developing countries.