Megha Hegde

Research Associate, UROP Coordinator



Pronouns: she, her, hers

Megha is principally focused on creating and implementing research plans for conducting field studies including needs assessments, market assessments, technology evaluations, technology adoption, and behavior change interventions in developing countries.

Some of her research work has included user research for the development of a low-cost water filter using plant xylem, an assessment of needs and challenges of tribal goat herders in India, an assessment of cookstove adoption in Uganda, and a solar lantern technology evaluation in Morocco.

Megha also serves as D-Lab's UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) Coordinator. As such, she is the point person for any student who is interested in learning more about UROPs at D-Lab or creating their own UROP experience to keep working on a project of personal interest.

Megha is a member of the MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OVC-CDEI) and will serve a two-year term through August 2021.

Originally from India, Megha completed a master's degree in Sustainable International Development from Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She did her masters' practicum at D-Lab, doing her thesis research on "Participatory Approach in the Design of Pro-Poor Technologies." In addition to English, Megha speaks Hindi and Kannada. She loves traveling, photography, dancing, and hiking!