A University of Plymouth academic has received a prestigious award for his work to design a recyclable face shield that could be used by essential staff working through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Antony Robotham, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been presented with a President's Special Award for Pandemic Service by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
It recognises exceptional engineering achievements in tackling Covid-19, with 19 individuals and teams of engineers throughout the UK being recognised for their achievements. They will receive specially commissioned silver medals later this year.
Dr Robotham first conceived the face shield idea in April this year, with the aim of providing a safe form of protection that had the least possible environmental impact.
He was then supported by the University’s Centre for Health Technology, International Marine Litter Research Unit and Research and Innovation Directorate, to bring it to fruition.