D-Lab/International Design

Not all classes are available every term.  Please look at individual listings or course schedule to see what is offered.

Humanitarian Innovation: Design for Relief, Rebuilding, and Recovery (U)

Explores the role innovation can and does play in how humanitarian aid is provided, and how it can impact people, products, and processes. Provides a fundamental background in the history and practice of humanitarian aid. Considers the various ways that design can be used to enhance aid, such as product and system design for affected populations, co-creation with affected populations, and capacity building to promote design by refugees and the displaced.

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D-Lab: Development - EC.701J

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit.

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D-Lab: Disseminating Water/Environment, Sanitation and Hygiene Innovations for the Common Good - EC.715

D-Lab: Dissemination WASH-Env focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or water/environment innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide. Structured around field-based learning, case studies, lectures and videos in which teams propose an idea and are mentored through the process of bringing that innovation to fruition.

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D-Lab: Design for Scale - EC.729

This course focuses on the late stages of product design for users in low-income settings. Through relationships with businesses in countries such as India, Tanzania & Nicaragua, students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop previously established technologies toward manufacturing-ready product designs. Lessons are hands-on and case based.

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D-Lab: Supply Chains - EC.733

Introduces concepts of supply chain design and operations with a focus on supply chains for products destined to improve quality of life in developing countries. Topics include demand estimation, facility location and operations planning, inventory management, and supply chain coordination and performance.

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D-Lab: Field Research - EC.788

Combines hands-on methods for conducting field research with exploration of questions that continue to challenge practitioners, donors, policymakers and researchers in international development. Designed for students preparing to conduct field-based research for theses, product design project, or development ventures. Practices key research skills particularly applicable to conducting research involving people and communities in the context of development.

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D-Lab: Energy (G) - EC.791

D-Lab: Energy offers a hands-on, project-based approach that engages students in understanding and addressing the applications of alternative energy technology in developing countries where compact, robust, low-cost systems for generating power are required. Projects may include micro-hydro, solar, or wind turbine generators along with theoretical analysis, design, prototype construction, evaluation and implementation. Students will have the opportunity to travel to a developing country during spring break to research and implement projects.

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