Gayathri Kopattil is a graduate with two years of work experience in both medical and commercial product design. During placement year, she worked for Paxman Innovation and Research Centre focusing on developing an innovative cooling cap system to prevent alopecia in cancer patients and at Brewfitt Ltd – a company specialised in bar and pub dispense solutions. Post placement year, she worked for the Qualities department at Paxman Scalp Coolers, and now extended to work for the Research and Development department of the company. She furthered her knowledge in CAD and rendering software like Solidworks, Fusion 360 and Keyshot, as well as gained a new skillset in surface modelling using Autodesk Alias. Other notable skills gained include familiarising with academical research processes and medical regulatory systems, workshop skills, producing technical drawings for the manufacturers, additive manufacturing, and 3D scanning technology, and creating client presentations, product advertisements and graphics for the company website. Knowledge gained from her work experience aided her to design a medical device that treats chronic pain namely a condition called Peripheral Neuropathy for her final year project. Other achievements include winning several design competitions at the university including the Duchess of York project leading to a meeting with the Duchess herself.
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