Yusuf Muhammad

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Yusuf Muhammad
Alma materRoyal College of Art

Imperial College London

University of Nottingham
AwardsRed Dot 2016
James Dyson Award 2009

Yusuf Muhammad is a British inventor and engineer. He is the founding director of Plumis, a start-up which develops innovative systems to protect people from fires. He won the Red Dot Award in 2016. He has appeared on the BBC Two show Big Life Fix.

Early life and education[edit]

Muhammad was born in Sidcup.[1] He studied Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacture at the University of Nottingham, earning a Masters in 2006.[2] He completed the Industrial Design Engineering Masters at Imperial College London in 2008.[3] In his second year he won £25,000 from the New Business Challenge to develop a fire extinguishing system.[4]


Plumis was established whilst Muhammad was the Royal College of Art.[5] Working with Paul Thomas and Jeung Woo Choi, he designed a series of solutions to suppress fire.[6][7] He joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, redesigning the modern ambulance.[8] He won the transport award in Designs of the Year.[9]

In 2009 the Automist, a fire extinguishing system, won the James Dyson Award.[10] Automist uses mist to control fires and can be more effective than sprinklers for chip pan fires.[10] The Automist was selected as one of the British Library's Top 15 Inventions of the last decade.[11] He appeared on the BBC Two show You Too Can Be an Absolute Genius’.[12] Automist went on to win Innovation of the Year.[13] He went on to design the Automist Smartscan, which won the 2016 Red Dot and a Silver award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.[14] He is a popular public speaking, discussing design and fire safety.[15][16]

Big Life Fix[edit]

Muhammad has appeared on the BBC Two show Big Life Fix.[1][17][18] In Series one he made a boy with Möbius syndrome a bicycle that he could ride without needing his hands or feet.[19] He also worked on a device to allow a 56-year-old man with locked-in syndrome communicate with his family.[20] In Series Two he developed a snowboard that allowed a man with Post Anoxic Myoclonus to snowboard.[21]

Muhammad enjoys playing basketball.[22]


2009 James Dyson Award for the Automist fire extinguisher[23][24]

2012 Design Museum's Designs of the Year for the Redesign for the Emergency Ambulance[25]

2016 Red Dot for the Automist fire extinguisher[26][27]


  1. ^ a b "Series 1, The Big Life Fix - Yusuf Muhammad - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
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  3. ^ "Why come to IDE". ide.rca.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  4. ^ "Student entrepreneurs win £25,000 to develop their innovative idea | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  5. ^ yusufm.com, okler.net and. "The history behind Plumis and Automist fire protection". plumis.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  6. ^ yusufm.com, okler.net and. "Traditional sprinklers impractical? Approvers trust Automist". www.plumis.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  7. ^ yusufm.com, okler.net and. "The team behind Automist - innovative home fire safety device". plumis.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  8. ^ "Redesigning the Ambulance - Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design". www.hhc.rca.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  9. ^ "21st century ambulance wins design award | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  10. ^ a b Hickey, Shane (2015-04-26). "The innovators: mist system offers a safer way to control fires". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  11. ^ "Inventors your country needs you". The British Library. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  12. ^ "BBC Bitesize - KS2 Science - Testing inventions". BBC Bitesize. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  13. ^ "Plumis". Royal College of Art. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  14. ^ "Automist Smartscan". Industrial Designers Society of America - IDSA. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  15. ^ "YUSUF MUHAMMAD - InsureTech Connect". insuretechconnect.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  16. ^ "Anniversary 2018". iwma.net. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  17. ^ Rees, Jasper (2016-12-14). "Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve - a rare example of TV making itself useful, review". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  18. ^ "Series 1, The Big Life Fix - The Fixers - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  19. ^ "Yusuf Muhammads revolutionary technology helps teenager with no hands or feet ride a bike for the first time". Born to Engineer. 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  20. ^ "Episode 2, Series 1, The Big Life Fix - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  21. ^ "Meet the disabled man who dreamt of snowboarding again- and the inventor who made it possible". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  22. ^ Born to Engineer (2015-03-10), Born to Engineer - Yusuf Muhammad, retrieved 2018-08-01
  23. ^ Tyler, Richard (2010-05-17). "Sir James Dyson backs kitchen taps to save lives and launches 2010 competition". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  24. ^ "The Automist Wins 2009 James Dyson Award". Fast Company. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  25. ^ "Redesigning the Ambulance with NHS London". www.yusufm.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  26. ^ "RCA Alumni Fire Protection System Automist Awarded Prestigious Red Dot". Royal College of Art. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  27. ^ "Automist wins Red Dot - Best of the Best | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-08-01.