Design student saves firm cash
02/07/08 – Design student Nathan Wright will be celebrating his graduation as his first invention rolls off the production line this month.
Nathan, 22, from Queniborough, Leicestershire, graduates from De Montfort University later this month with a BSc (Hons) Industrial Design. His design for a non-return valve (which he designed while on industrial placement) will save money for a Gloucestershire firm.
Nathan’s design will mean that Godwins Pumps, near Cirencester, no longer has to buy in expensive alternatives when it goes into production this year.
Nathan will also be showcasing his designs at the New Designers exhibition in London next week (10-13 July). New Designers is the leading event for the freshest talent in the design world and has been hailed by the Prime Minister as one of the most important exhibitions in London. See http://www.newdesigners.com.
Nathan said: “I feel proud to have used my theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of design and engineering in practice, to produce a product which is fit for purpose and at a competitive price, within the mass market before I have graduated.
“The non-return valve will be put into manufacture and will be used on the main product range and used in Godwin pumps all over the world.
“This industrial design course is one of only eight in the country to be accredited by the Institute of Engineering Design and it offers great design and engineering as well as aspects of business and project management.”
Technical Director of Godwin Pumps, David Braithwaite said “Nathan has proved to be a valuable member of the design engineering department, his pleasing manner and willingness to help and learn has enabled him to work and develop, and I am confident he will take this positive attitude into his future career.”
The BSc (Hons) Industrial Design is an award-winning, four-year sandwich course with industrial placements, including some overseas. Graduates work with companies such as Jaguar Cars, Dyson Appliances and Habitat.
The course combines industrial and engineering design. Students gain a detailed understanding of the principles of design and apply this, through project work, to meet commercial, technological, manufacturing and human requirements.