2.729 / EC.729 Design for Scale

Design for manufacturability of poverty alleviating technologies

Design for Scale

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. Partial funding is available for some student travel and out-of-country fieldwork related to this class.

Lessons are hands-on and case based. The course is taught by instructors from D-Lab with deep field experience, and industry experts from product development consulting and consumer product design.

This is an advanced design course, and we expect students to use CAD, various rapid prototyping and mass-manufacturing technologies, resulting in substantially iterated product designs and, if appropriate, a small production batch. We encourage students from all majors to enroll.

This course was created in conjunction with the D-Lab Scale-Ups program

Taught by Kate Bergeron (vice president at Apple and visiting lecturer at MIT), Harald Quintus-Bosz (chief technology officer at Cooper Perkins and visiting lecturer at MIT), Maria Yang (Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems), and Sorin Grama (entrepreneur in residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship).

Course Information
Instructors: Kate Bergeron, Sorin Grama, Harald Quintus-Bosz, Maria Yang
Semester Offered: Fall (Offered since 2013)
Lecture Location: N51-350 (Lab in N51-337)
Lecture Times: T/R 11:30-1 (lec); R 1-2:30 (lab)
Units (credit hours) 3-2-7
Class Size: 20 students
Grading: A/B/C/D/F