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Berkeley’s Engineers are Cooking!

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The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, knows a lot about power lunches. Still, its grand entryway never hosted anything quite like the  crowd gathered over smoky cookstoves one recent rainy noontime, trying to coax enough heat to cook a large pot of rice.

Homeless people? Hardly. These were graduate students in the development engineering design emphasis (like a minor for Ph.D.s) working on a project for Development Engineering C200. The idea:  Technologies to alleviate poverty not only must be technically sound but also economically feasible and culturally appropriate to gain widespread use.

Cookstoves make a useful case study, because 3 billion people cook on the dirty, smoky, inefficient devices.

Click HERE to read the full Berkeley news article.