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Joshua Wright

Research Assistant

School of Science & Technology


Joshua Wright is a Research Assistant working in the Medical Engineering Design Research Group, in the department of Engineering (School of Science and Technology). Josh’s primary focus is the design and development of medical devices.

Career overview

Joshua studied BA (Hons) Product design at Nottingham Trent University graduating with a 1st class (2017-2021). During his degree he did a 12-month placement at Greaves Best Design (Product Design Consultancy) working on a variety of projects in both Med Tech and Pest Control devices. Following a short stint working at a local climbing centre, Joshua joined the Medical Engineering Design Research Group (2021 – Present) as a Research Assistant working on the design and development of a valve for a Chest Drain Device, Augmented Reality in Surgery and a difficult airways device.

Working with a team from Nottingham University Hospital Trust, NTU and University of Aberystwyth we have secured a further 30 months funding through National Institute of Health Research i4i Product Development Award scheme which Joshua continues to work on the design and development of the valve.

Research areas

Med Tech development – Joshua is working with surgeons, consultants and clinicians from Intensive Care Medicine, Maxillofacial, Major Trauma and Orthopaedic. Developing a life saving valve to stop the accidental dislodgement of chest drains, exploring how Augmented reality can be used in healthcare in surgery, pre procedure planning and diagnostics.

Industrial Design – Joshua has a strong interest in design for manufacture, prototyping, user centred design and designing for a sustainable future.

Outdoors Industry – Based on Joshua's Passion for the outdoors (Climbing, Hiking, Scrambling, Wild Swimming) he would like to make the outdoors a more accessible place for everyone and has strong interest in the future of the outdoors industry.