MIT Design for America (DFA) was founded in 2012 by a group of students who believed that making a difference shouldn’t have to wait until after graduation. This guiding thought is the cornerstone of the group’s mission to deliver designs and engineering solutions with a lasting social impact. From 3-D modeling to Arduino, students learn user-centered design that benefits communities.
And students aren’t limited by their age: they are taught new skills, given opportunities to work on pressing problems, and brought together into a community of like-minded change makers. DFA students tackle socially-relevant problems—from improving patient experiences to alleviating community hunger—and, in the process, develop the empathy, creativity, and passion needed to succeed in life.
We’re proud to make an impact on the community and hope you can join us for the ride.
Design for America At a glance
Number of Members:
- Emily Zhang
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
Public Service Center
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science