Meet our Alumni: Yusuf Muhammad

Yusuf Muhammad
Industrial Design Student 2006

I applied to the Innovation Design Engineering course after studying an Engineering Degree at Nottingham University. It was the course I had been looking for my whole educational career as it finally gave me a way to apply my engineering skills to solve real-world problems. There they encouraged me to follow my own curiosity and work on projects that I found inspiring. An 1851 Industrial Design Studentship supported me financially during my two years of full-time study, I do not know what I would have done without it.

My final year group project was a fire safety system called Automist, an easy to install fire sprinkler system which uses 10x time less water. It came about off the back of talking to firefighters, who highlighted the need for more ways to protect vulnerable people in their homes. Automist went on to win the James Dyson Award in 2009 and subsequently, we formed a company called Plumis to commercialise it. We now employee over 44 people in London and manufacture our product here in the UK. Plumis recently won Make UK Manufacturing Awards Innovation Winner 2020 and Automist has saved at least 6 lives, all off the back deciding to join the course all those years ago.

Meet Our Alumni Yusuf Muhammad