15.772/EC.733 D-Lab: Supply Chains
Introduces concepts of supply chain design and operations with a focus on supply chains for products destined to improve quality of life in developing countries.
Topics include demand estimation, facility location and operations planning, inventory management, and supply chain coordination and performance.
The course also covers issues specific to emerging markets, such as sustainable supply chains, how to couple product design with supply chain design and operation, and how to account for the value-adding role of a supply chain.
Students conduct projects on supply chain design or improvement. Partial funding is available for some student travel and out-of-country fieldwork related to this class.
|Semester Offered:||Fall (Offered since 2012)|
|Lecture Times:||MW 10-11:30|
|Units (credit hours)||2-2-5|
|Class Size:||16 students|
Course Student Projects
|2013||Barefoot Power||Design of a reverse logistics supply chain for warranty support for solar lamps|
|Pure Home Water Filter||Distribution of water filters in Ghana, enabled by micro-financing|
|SolarClave||Manufacturing and distributing a solar-powered autoclave, for use at health clinics in Nicaragua|
|2012||Crayons Supply Chain||Development of organic crayons from local ingredients to widen use of pigment to other applications such as artist supplies|
|Essmart||Essmart makes social impact technologies available in local retail shops so that they reach low-income end users|
|LFC Supply Chain||Optimization of supply chain costs around the production of the Leveraged Freedom Chair to bring it from India to Guatemala|
|Moringa Oil Supply Chain||Empowering farmers by providing them with affordable processing technology and connecting them to export markets for moringa oil|
|Supply and Demand of Agricultural Waste Charcoal||To determine the optimal perimeters of agricultural waste charcoal production in rural Kenya, to match both supply and demand|