November 17, 2023
Privileged to have been invited to help found The Sanjay Mortimer Foundation, a non-profit initiative to find and assist those with neurodivergent minds to realise their potential through the field of engineering and serve as a Trustee.
The Sanjay Mortimer Foundation is named in honour of the late Sanjay Mortimer, co-founder of E3D-Online, the UK’s leading 3D printing technology company, who tragically died in November 2021 at the age of just 32 years old, having attained legendary status in his short life.
Sanjay had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He was always open about this condition and the challenges it brought, and he was determined not to let it define him.
Why we are needed?
Neurodivergent minds often think creatively; they can be analytical, highly focused, excellent problem solvers, have great attention to detail and think outside the box. They may struggle at school as traditional education systems focus on skills that students with special educational needs (SEN) find challenging. This can result in them becoming discouraged and disinterested in learning.
What we do?
The SMF aims to find these individuals at an early age, and introduce them to a hands-on way of learning, primarily through making. Interactive activities, such as 3D printing, can provide an outlet for SEN individuals, helping them realise their talents and strengths.
Engineering, in particular, relies on these neurodiverse characteristics. If we, as a foundation, can find and empower these individuals within the engineering world and build their self-esteem, they may well go on to impact the engineering industry and define its evolution, just like Sanjay…
Get Involved: The foundation welcomes support from individuals, businesses, and organisations that share a commitment to creating positive change. Interested parties can contribute through donations, partnerships, or volunteering.
Launch Event: The foundation will host its launch event on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of December at the University of Oxford, holding the UK’s first-ever Sanjay Mortimer RepRap Festival (SMRRF); an event which is set to be the UK’s hottest 3D printing event of the year with companies and visitors from all over the world in attendance.
For more information about the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation, please visit www.sanjaymortimerfoundation.org or contact Teula Bradshaw, our CEO, via email at email@example.com or on +44 1865 504133.