EC.729 Design for Scale

Product development 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. 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.

The course was born from, and remains tied to the D-Lab Scale-Ups program

Taught by Kate Bergeron (senior director, Macintosh Product Design), Harald Quintus-Bosz (chief technology officer, Cooper Perkins), and Eric Reynolds (D-Lab Scale-Ups fellowship coordinator).


Course Information
Instructors: Kate Bergeron, Harald Quintus-Bosz, Eric Reynolds
Semester Offered: Fall (Offered since 2013)
Lecture Location: N51-350
Lecture Times: TR12-1:30 (lec), R1:30-3 (rec)
Units (credit hours) 3-2-7
Class Size: 20 students
Grading: A/B/C/D/F