Design for America
  • Graphic Design Hackshop - October 2014
  • Interviewing users to design for senior citizens at Design Bootcamp 2014
    Interviewing users to design for senior citizens at Design Bootcamp 2014
  • Brainstorming solutions to help senior citizens lead more independent livesBrainstorming solutions to help senior citizens lead more independent lives
    Brainstorming solutions to help senior citizens lead more independent lives
  • Design for America 2014-2015
    Design for America 2014-2015

Design for America is a group of students dedicated to designing for social impact. We run project teams and hackshops at MIT. We currently have four project teams that focus on designing solutions to various problems in our community. From improving the patient experience to alleviating community hunger, our teams are dedicated to developing hardware, software, and/or systems solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems and making an impact with design. Hackshops are open to all of MIT and held monthly to teach students new technical skills like 3D modeling or Arduino in the context of user-centered design.

Design for America At a glance

Number of Members:

32 members in 2016-2017
Team leaders: 
  • Connie Liu, President
  • Malena Ohl
  • Julia Canning
  • Elizabeth Zhang
  • Caroline Chin
  • Jody Fu, Business Director
  • Alex Springer, Business Director
  • Piper Lim, Publicity Director
  • Kelly Liu, Campus Director
  • Victoria Tam, Projects Director
  • Anji Ren, Webmaster
Year began: 
2013
Advisors: 
Maria Yang
Robert Miller
Location: 
N51
Team goals

The mission of DFA is to:
- inspire students to engineer for social impact
- design solutions to problems in our local community such as poor education or homelessness
- empower students with the skills they need to make a difference in the world

More about DFA

Please contact dfa-exec@mit.edu if you are interested in learning more!

Our Sponsors

Edgerton Center
Public Service Center
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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