Libby Hsu

Associate Director of Academics

Lecturer, D-Lab: Development, D-Lab: WASH, Terrascope: Design for Complex Environmental Issues

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Libby graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received master's degrees in structural engineering and building technology from MIT. She became involved with MIT D-Lab by taking the D-Lab: Schools class and traveling to Cambodia to work on alternative concretes.

Now she leads D-Lab's academic program by managing its teaching team, creating and promoting a coherent strategy for D-Lab's academic offerings at MIT, aligning D-Lab's educational mission with its research and practice work around the world, and building instructors' capacity to provide transformative educational experiences to their students.

Libby is also an educator who teaches D-Lab: Water, Sanitation, and HygieneD-Lab: Development, and the cross-listed Terrascope class Design for Complex Environmental Issues; coordinates D-Lab's student work in Mexico, Colombia, and Central America; and trains D-Lab trip leaders who are taking students to the field. Additionally, Libby is an MIT first-year adviser and was part of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative from 2015-2017. She has worked with dozens of students on projects related to sanitation, water quality, education, and participatory design.

She speaks German and Spanish, has training as a technical editor, and is an avid knitter, as well as a certified Wilderness First Responder.