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Emily Cummins

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Emily Cummins

Awards: Young Engineer for Britain 2005; JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award 2010

Biography

At just 19, Emily was already behind various award-winning inventions- including a fridge powered by dirty water that will help keep drugs cool in parts of Africa where electricity is in short supply. The inspiration for this came when she went to Namibia in her self-funded gap year, visiting local communities and gaining the trust of village leaders.

At school, Emily learnt about the properties of different materials and became more experienced in using a range of tools. Her latest innovation is a sustainable fridge which is 'powered' by dirty water but keeps medicines or small food items clean, dry and cool. She refined her fridge during a gap year in Namibia and then decided to give away the design plans in townships across southern Africa because she wanted to enable as many people as possible to build their own fridges.

Her design philosophy involves a back-to-basics approach which keeps an eye on the past as well as the future and combines the best of both. She's motivated by human need as well as sustainability principles. Her creative thinking has led to a string of commendations including being named as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in the World 2010, The Barclays Woman of the Year Award 2009 and Cosmopolitan magazine's Ultimate Save-the-Planet Pioneer 2008.

To learn more about Emily, go to http://www.emilycummins.co.uk/

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