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.

Lemelson-MIT Program

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The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition honors promising collegiate inventors around the country, undergraduate and graduate, who have inventions in either the categories of healthcare or consumer technology. Inventions can address issues in both developing and developed economies.

Undergraduate teams can win up to $10,000 and graduates can win up to $15,000. Applications are open for the 2015 year and are due by January 30, 2015.