Zoe Kitson, an undergraduate MEng student from the School of Engineering has won the Raymont-Osman Design and Development Prize for her project on Blood Clot Removal Devices. This award is the first of its kind! Fellow students from the University of Birmingham, Laura Gillingham, Charles Bowen and David Scott, were also on the finalist shortlist and received Honourable Mentions for their projects on Energy Recovery from CO² Expansion, a 3D Printed Knee Implant and an Ankle Simulator.
Raymont-Osman Product Design set up this prize to promote design and development engineering as a career, and the competition was open to both BEng and MEng University of Birmingham students at the start of their final year. The students were asked to summarise what they will design and/or develop for their final year project, how they will do it and highlight why it is important or interesting.
Tom Osman, Director of Raymont-Osman Product Design, who graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2004, presented certificates and the £500 prize at the prestigious social event organised by Dr Jason Stafford, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and the Coordinator of the Final Year Project Module.
Raymont-Osman is a product design consultancy which was established five years ago. They have grown rapidly over that time and have created a huge range of products for established brands such as Speedo and technology start-ups similar to Impression Technologies, a company that also has roots at the University of Birmingham.
Tom Osman said “It was such a pleasure to meet the students yesterday. The top spot was incredibly close between them all and they all have brilliant futures ahead of them! It has been fantastic to be involved with the University again after fifteen years and wonderful to meet the students and catch up with old and new friends”.