Dr. Sanna Gaspard reminisces over memories of the enriched community and cultivated curiosity she experienced while living in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia as a young girl. During her formative years, the overall culture was focused on sending kids out to explore in between meals, creating a freeform playground to discover the environment around her. With a mindset of wonder and a landscape of limited working resources, St. Lucia’s inhabitants have been known to be creative innovators. “If something broke or malfunctioned, you were forced to create a solution on your own, with the resources naturally available to you”, states Dr. Gaspard.
While Sanna has created multiple inventions in her career, it wasn’t until her final PHD project that she realized where she could create real change and disrupt an industry with the resources available. Little did she know the challenges that would face her.