D-Lab/International Design

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

D-Lab: Earth (formerly Biodiversity) - EC.714

D-Lab: Biodiversity is a hands-on, multi-disciplinary exploration of the dynamic nexus between global biodiversity and human well-being. This course, comprised of lectures, guest speakers, experiential activities and projects, covers topics such as reforestation, nutrient cycles, poaching, complexity, climate change, fair trade, ecotourism and governance. It provides opportunities to develop and practice skills in cross-cultural engagement, negotiation, ecological measurement, permaculture and sustainable technology design.

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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: Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT) - EC.782

Explores the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to address specific needs in developing countries. Establishes knowledge and engineering skills needed to successfully deploy an ICT project, with a focus on appropriateness, transferability, and long-term sustainability. The first half of term presents an introduction to communication hardware, including antenna design, RFID, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and low-power sensors. Second half covers development of mobile phone applications and server communications, as well as system architecture for data collection and mapping.

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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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Innovation in Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding - EC.S06

The world is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with nearly 60 million people displaced by conflict or violence. Available resources are heavily strained and organizations urgently need creative solutions to providing basic needs to this population.

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