product design engineer
Do a quick word association with 'engineering'.
Maybe you think of the Forth Bridge, the Channel Tunnel
or Concorde. But the young design engineer Damini Kumar
created something that ranks alongside these great engineering
feats a solution to teapot dribble.
Her work disproved years of scientific research into the
ubiquitous problem of the dripping teapot. Damini's innovative
spout design can be used to stop dripping with any pouring
technology, from petrol pumps to watering cans. And if the
application of her engineering skills seems odd, it's rooted
in the fact that since the age of five she has been actively
designing solutions to problems that she has encountered.
This engineer of everyday life believes that the recipe
for good design engineering is one-part ingenuity and invention,
and one-part creativity and imagination. Damini's first
degree was in mechanical engineering at Imperial College
and she went on to do a master's degree in engineering product
design. She launched a range of funky D-pots (non-drip teapots)
at the BBC's Tomorrow's World Exhibition in 1999. She was
not only the youngest exhibitor but also won an award for
Commended International Invention of the Year and won the
prestigious Young British Female of the Year Award 2001.
She has used her media profile productively, spreading the
message of the UK's Women Into Science and Engineering (WISE)
campaign about the opportunities in engineering and science
to young schoolgirls.
She is aware of the irony in the fact that the huge media
attention she has attracted is completely opposite to the
lonely struggles faced by most inventors. Damini has already
started work on her second invention in the knowledge that
anything is achievable if you believe in it.
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