Former Portsmouth Polytechnic mechanical engineering student David Haywood, pictured, won a £400 cheque for his final-year degree project.
He was one of four winners of the council’s Molins prizes, which were sponsored to encourage interest in ‘the principles and practice of good engineering design which have a ‘need.’’
David’s winning design of a hand-operated machine for manufacturing fishing nets was the result of a final-year project, under the supervision of course tutor Gordon Crane, which had been requested by the Intermediate Technology Development Group.
The ITDG is a development charity sponsored by the UK Overseas Development Administration.
Emphasis is placed on technology which can be operated using local skills, minimising the use of scarce capital, while also reducing imports.