D-Lab Spring Student Showcase & Open House 2016 - Friday, May 6, 4 pm

Friday, May 6, 4:00-6:00 pm - D-Lab, MIT N51 3rd floor

Students from D-Lab: DesignD-Lab: EarthD-Lab: Education and LearningD-Lab: EnergyD-Lab: Dissemination WASH-Env, D-Lab: Water and Climate Change, and Innovation in Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding presented projects. In addition, several UROPs and graduate student researchers presented the work they have done this semester through D-Lab. To kick things off, instructors gave brief presentations. Attendees were then able to view all the working prototypes on display throughout the D-Lab space! 

Courses & Projects

D-Lab: Design addresses problems faced by underserved communities with a focus on design, experimentation, and prototyping processes. (Instructor: Matt McCambridge)

  • HANDCYCLE STEERING, Christina Eilar, Jahnavi Kalpathy, Siobhan Rigby, Michael Larson — UCPRUK (Wheels for Humanity), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • BAMBOO HANDCYCLE, David Wang, Abhineet Malhotra — Bamboo Bicycles Beijing, Beijing, China
  • RESILIENT T-SHIRT PRINTING, Serena Pan, Karla Zapata Garcia, Megan Thai, Thalia Estrella, Stephen Gardner — Banytayan Island, Philippines
  • SANITARY PAD DISPOSAL, Saad Amer, Monica Hersher, Tate DeWeese, Melissa Gianello — Saathi Pads, Ahmedabad, India
  • SOLAR HOT WATER HEATER, Jimmie Harris, Madeline Haas, Grace Li, Emily Tsang, Sally Beiruti — Shamsina, Cairo, Egypt
  • MOTORCYCLE AMBULANCE, Emily Young, Brittany Bautista, Sade Nabahe, Ali Abdalla, Niki Mossafer Rahmati — The Olive Branch for Children, Mswisiwi, Tanzania

D-Lab: Energy offers a hands-on, project-based approach that engages students in understanding and addressing the applications of alternative energy technology in developing countries where compact, robust, low-cost systems for generating power are required. (Instructors: Libby Hsu & Amit Gandhi)

  • HAND-POWERED WASHING MACHINE, Melanie Abrams, Alan Diaz-Romero, Serena Pan, Joseph Schuman —ASAPROSAR, El Sauce, El Salvador
  • LOWERING THE EMISSIONS OF CLEAN-BURNING COOKSTOVES, Julia Heyman, Juan Jaramillo, Will Kaufhold, Hayley Sypniewski— AEST, Soroti, Uganda
  • SOLAR STERILIZATION OF BANANA FIBERS, Andrea Blankenship, Ayomide Fatunde, Akwasi Owusu-Akyaw— Johnson & Johnson, Burro Brands, Accra, Ghana
  • OFF-GRID BEE POLLEN DRYER, Titan Hartono, Scott McDonald, Alexandria Miskho— Productos Apicolas de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

D-Lab: Dissemination WASH-Env focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or water/environment innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide. (Instructor: Susan Murcott)

  • STEEP SLOPE, Holly Josephs — Plus D Studio & Parque Sitie, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • INTELLIGENT PARK LIGHTS, Amanda Lee
  • PREPHUB-NEPAL, Hugh Magee — Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • JUST-4-WATER, Mark Membreno — AVODEC, Jinotega, Nicaragua
  • THE BODHI COLLECTIVE, Soumya Pasumarthy —Pratham, Big Red Tent, D-Lab, Media Lab, Mumbai and other cities, India

D-Lab: Earth is a hands-on, multi-disciplinary exploration of the dynamic nexus between global biodiversity and human well-being. (Instructors: Eric Reynolds & Ariel Phillips)

  • BEES FOR BETTER COMMUNITIES, Amelie Kharey, Kali Rosendo — Boston, Massachusetts
  • rECOLAB, Catherine Yunis, Estefania Lamas-Hernandez — Koh Yao School, Ban Samkha School, Darunsikkhalai School of Innovative Learning, Bangkok, Koh Yao, Ban Samkha, Thailand
  • CHICKEN MANURE PELLETIZATION, Scott McDonald, Bjarni Örn Kristinsson — Zasaka, Chipata, Zambia
  • GREENPATH FOOD: AN ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE’S CARBON FOOTPRINT, Bruke Kifle —  GreenPath Food, Butajira, Ethiopia

D-Lab: Education & Learning explores learning in the international development context and how innovative approaches and researched best practices can overcome challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy. (Instructors: Jessica Huang & Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar)

  • DESIGN FOR SCALE: CURRICULUM FOR A PROGRAM WITH INTERNALLY DISPLACED YOUTH, Verónica Salazar, Lisa Archibald, Florencia Gay and Gilda Colin — C-Innova, Bogotá, Colombia
  • CURRICULUM TO ENABLE REFUGEE YOUTH TO MAKE THEIR OWN LIGHTING SOURCES, Ava Zhang, Jean Yoon, Barbara Lima and Kelly Liu  — Tet Center, Adjumani & Pader Districts, Uganda

D-Lab: Water Climate Change By 2025, more than half of the countries in the world could be experiencing water stress or scarcity. Water stress and scarcity are exacerbated by climate change. This D-Lab class is about real-world answers to climate change as it relates to water. (Instructor: Susan Murcott)

  • WATER CONTAMINATION IN FLINT, Claire Alexandra — Bueno, Flint, Michigan
  • WATER, SANITATION, HYGIENE, Karla Mendoza — Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • FOOD AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Part 1), Sade Nabahe — Global
  • FOOD AND CLIMATE CHANGE (Part 2), Pamela Bellavita — Global
  • STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, URBAN RESILIENCY, Samantha Cohen — Global
  • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY, Jessica Huang — Global
  • BLUE CARBON, SEA LEVEL RISE, Julie Simpson — Global

Innovation in Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding explores the role innovation can and does play in how humanitarian aid is provided, and how it can change people, products, and processes. (Instructors: Amy Smith & Martha Thompson)

  • GREY WATER REUSE IN ZATAARI CAMP, Sera Tolgay, Sophia Wu, Valeria Vidal Alvarado — Jordan
  • BAG GARDENS, Raj Vatsa, Pranay Nadella — Lebanon
  • POST-EARTHQUAKE AGRICULTURE, Zainab Younus, Christina Eilar — Nepal
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY TO DESIGN LIGHTING SOURCES, Jessica Huang, Shwetha Shivarama, Nisha Dalvie — Ayilo refugee settlement, Uganda
  • MOVING FORWARD POST WAR, Florencia Gay, Francis Goyes — Colombia

Biomass Fuels and Cookstoves Group (Lead Research Scientist: Dan Sweeney)

  • A SIMPLE TEST FOR FUEL BRIQUETTE EVALUATION, Justin Carrus — AEST, Soroti, Uganda
  • EVALUATING A LOW-COST SENSOR FOR REMOTE PM MEASUREMENT, Julia Heyman —TEWDI, Soroti, Uganda
  • CASE HARDENING INTERNAL COMPONENTS ON BRIQUETTING MACHINES, Lindsey Wang — AEST, Soroti , Uganda & Central Engineering Source of Technology, Kampala, Uganda
  • EVALUATING PERFORMANCE, AFFORDABILITY AND USABILITY OF A LOCALLY-MADE IMPROVED COOKSTOVE, Lauren Bustamente — AEST, Soroti, Uganda

Mobile Technology Group (Lead Research Scientist: Rich Fletcher)

  • CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS, Niccolo Pignatelli — Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC & Nagpur, India
  • PULMONARY DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS, Dan Chamberlain — Chest Research Foundation, Pune/Mumbai, India