EC.723 D-Lab: Cycle Ventures


D-Lab: Cycle Ventures

D-Lab: Cycle Ventures explores bicycle technology to provide human power for an increasing array of other purposes including water pumping, grain grinding and transport of loads in underserved communities with the aim to offer economic opportunity. The course provides a historical prespective on innovation in bicycle technology, reviews its engineering mechanisms and draws on the ubiquity of bikes to present them as innovative tools to foster socio-economic development. The course involves lectures and two types of projects. Early in the semester the whole class tackles on a single, joint, design and fabrication project. Later, students will form teams and take on design challenges from organizations that work with bicycle based technologies around the world. Optional January travel to partner communities. Enrollment limited.


Course Information
Instructors: Gwyn Jones
Semester Offered: Not offered this year (Offered since 2009)
Lecture Location: 4-153
Lecture Times: MW3:30-5
Units (credit hours) 3-0-3
Class Size: 16 students
Grading: P/D/F