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 a 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.


Number of Members:
48 members in 2020-2021

Team Leaders:
Anru Tian, Audrey Gatta

Year Began:

Maria Yang
Robert Miller


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 if you are interested in learning more!

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

Team Website