Engineering for Change

Interest: Health

Technology is essential to good health worldwide. Product designers are revealing its potential with devices such as paper-based rapid disease diagnostics, accurate male circumcision tools that can reduce the rate of HIV infection, and suites of telemedicine tools that put doctors on screens right in a patient’s home. Medical devices are the link between good design and good health.

Interest: Health

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Rob Goodier

Ten Cold Chain Solutions, from Evaporation to Camelback

May 2, 2019

Off-grid cold-chain technologies keep the important things cold in places where electricity and infrastructure are in short supply. Natural...

Rob Goodier

iShow India 2019 Awards Silk, Stoves and Stethoscopes

April 10, 2019

A stove for the Himalayas, a solar-powered silk reeler and an upgraded stethoscope won iShow India 2019.  Designers of...

Pallavi Bharadwaj

I Experienced the Same Taboos as the Women in the Documentary ‘Period. End of Sentence’

March 1, 2019

Period. End of Sentence, a short film on menstrual hygiene from India, beat eight other international contenders to win...

June Sugiyama

A Developer’s Challenge: Building Mobile Tech for the Developing World

November 14, 2018

We are in the age of near-constant innovation. From the latest smartphone models, to connected personal medical devices, to...

Rob Goodier

Origins of a Startup: The Mechanical Engineer Nneile Nkholise Founded iMed Tech in South Africa

October 29, 2018

The following is an excerpt from the book Founding Women: African Women Who Are Defying the Odds to Build...

Sofia Ahsanuddin

Empowering First Responders in Gaza: Students in Baltimore and Gaza Design Solutions for Humanitarian Health

July 28, 2018

Gaza may be underprepared for armed conflict, natural disasters or other emergencies that inflict mass casualties, in part because...

Molly Munsell

An obstetric device in development treats postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource medical centers

June 2, 2018

I had the privilege of pitching the obstetric device I’m developing with a team at the University of Michigan...

Rob Goodier

A Better Portable Air Quality Monitor

December 28, 2017

Camera sensors and machine learning may make portable air quality monitoring more cost effective and accurate. Ever wondered how...

Rob Goodier

Shh.. Don’t Tell Kids but Playing with Soap Actually Prevents Disease and Even Childhood Mortality

October 12, 2017

Don’t tell the kids, but the colored mess they’re making with their hands is probably good for them. Soapen...

Caroline Wolfe

Assistive Devices in Low-Income Countries: Adaptability and Recent Innovations

October 9, 2017

The elderly and people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries remain underserved with poor access to assistive technology....


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