Design for the Developing World, Prof. Jay Benzinger

About 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day and 5.5 billion on less than $10.  Yet an overwhelming amount of our engineering resources are dedicated to designing for the top 10 wealthiest percent of the world's population.  DDW's vision is a world where engineers, designers, companies, and universities design not just for the rich but also for the other 90%. This EPICS course is a first step in that direction.

DDW gives students at Princeton the opportunity to learn how to design products and solutions for the other 90% through hands-on design projects.  DDW is partnered with an organization called Community, Energy, and Technology in the Middle-East (COMET-ME).  A half-Israeli, half-Palestinian group of eight people, Comet-ME builds home-made wind turbines and installs hybrid wind-solar electric grids in the poorest areas of the West Bank.

The group is also now starting to move into the water sector.  DDW works with them to design products and solutions for the families with which they work.  The current project involves designing a new type of open-source, solar powered magnetic water pump.  The goal is to create a blue-print for a radically affordable, easily manufactured water pump that could be built anywhere and run in remote, off-grid areas. Picture of the current pump design courtesy of Comet-ME.