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4.268 meets with 6.077: Design Innovation for Distributed Energy January 29, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Energy Track, PD Track, SD Track.
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Instructors: Professor Marc Baldo, PhD., Professor Sheila Kennedy, AIA
TAs: Carlijn Mulder, Sasa Zivovic
Class: F 2-5 PM
Units: 3-3-6 (*Can be taken as 9 Units by Undergrads w/ Permission of Instructors)
Level: H, U Permission of Instructors
Enrollment: Limited to 20 students, offered jointly with EECS, seeks mix of UG from DMSE, EECS, MAS

First meeting: FRIDAY 5 February 2010

Design Innovation for Energy Materials is an interdisciplinary course brings together, for the first time at MIT, students who are interested in developing design applications for emergent energy materials. Organized as a seminar/workshop, the course explores the interface between architectural design and energy materials that are being researched in MIT laboratories. For its launch in Spring 2010, the course will focus on next generation flexible organic solar materials being studied in Prof. Baldo’s lab. The course provides a unique interdisciplinary design approach that explores technical challenges in material science and design opportunities in the vertical integration of energy sector materials in the design of the built environment. Working in interdisciplinary teams in a ‘hands-on’ design and prototyping process, students will explore the spatial, social and material impacts of de-centralized energy distribution in short design projects at three scales of implementation: personal, architectural and urban. The course is supported by MITEI’s Energy Curriculum Task Force and materials for students’ prototype projects will be provided. The stellar website is online: https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/4/sp10/4.268-6.077/index.html

SP.784 Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries January 27, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, PD Track, SD Track.
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In this class, students learn about the cultural, medical, and technological issues facing people with disabilities in the developing world and participate in creating technology to mobilize the 20 million people who require a wheelchair. We host a diverse collection of guest speakers from throughout the wheelchair community, from developing country wheelchair makers to MIT profs. Over the past three years, we have had more than 20 students from the class travel abroad to continue their projects, with many making multiple trips and winning awards for their work. If you are interested in learning how your technical skills can be used to make a positive impact on the world, this is a good class for you.

To learn more, look around the course website at our past projects: http://web.mit.edu/sp.784/www/
Additionally, the official course description can be found on websis under SP.784: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/mSPa.html

SP.775 D-Lab: Energy is a new class in the D-Lab suite being offered this spring. January 27, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Energy Track, PD Track, SD Track.
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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. Projects may include micro-hydro, solar, or wind turbine generators along with theoretical analysis, design, prototype construction, evaluation and implementation. Students will have the opportunity both to travel to Nicaragua during spring break to identify and implement projects, and to work collaboratively with graduate students at the new Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.

Students MUST attend the first class session on Wednesday, February 3 from 12-3 in 1-375. In the meantime, check out https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/SP/sp10/SP.775/index.html and email me at amybanz@mit.edu with any questions.


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