I believe that engineers can (and should) strive to reach outside the profession to make a difference in the world. I’ve pursued this goal by working at the intersection of engineering, policy and international development – using engineering tools to effect growth in underdeveloped markets and improve quality of life in the developing world.
My past work has primarily focused on the problem of providing funding for early-stage international development projects, and especially technology-centric development projects. I’ve been motivated to study this primarily by the many development engineering organizations that I’ve spoken with, who have pointed to a lack of funding for early-stage and R&D development projects as one of the greatest obstacles they currently face. I’ve also worked extensively with Engineering For Change, as a contributing writer and a member of a working group developing a framework for evaluating healthcare technologies.
Past projects include:
- Engineering for Change – Contributing Blogger
- Public Policy Thesis – “Finding a Way to Fund: Investigating Small-Amount Federal Funding Methodologies”
- WISE Program 2011 – “Development from the Bottom of the Pyramid: An Analysis of the Development Innovation Ventures Program”