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Integrating human-centered design, innovative business models, and technological advancements with an interdisciplinary framework of development and continual impact analysis, this program provides cross-cultural learning, prototyping and scaling, and new models for productive multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Students will

  • Conduct interdisciplinary research at the nexus of food, energy, and water in collaboration with participating faculty
  • Develop 21 st century skills across the InFEWS curriculum
  • Participate in development-related workshops and lab rotations
  • Have access to context-specific internship with our partner organizations and companies
  • Develop new solutions to evolving global challenges

Course Work

Click here for DevEng and InFEWS Classes Spring 2018

The InFEWS program requires five courses (two core courses plus three electives). The course requirements are in addition to, but may overlap with, the Ph.D. course requirements of your home department. There are no formal pre-requisites to apply, however a certain level of experience with quantitative analysis is necessary to succeed in the core course (roughly equivalent to Stats 121).  All course work should be taken for a letter grade.

The two core courses are:

1) Dev Eng C200: Design, Evaluate and Scale Development Technologies (3 units)

This course MUST be taken before qualifying exams.

Note: This course is being co-taught by Professors Ashok Gadgil, Jennifer Walske, and Paul Gertler this fall 2017. (Link to Fall 2017 Syllabus is here)

Dev Eng C200 is co-taught each fall term by one technologist and one social scientist. Students in the Dev Eng DE must complete this course before their qualifying exams. Professors from the pool of faculty in the Graduate Group in Development Engineering rotate as course instructors. The course is offered for three units credit as Dev Eng C200, Mech Eng C200 or MBA 290T. Master’s students will be permitted to take the core course as space permits and with permission of the instructors. Dev Eng C200 is organized around analysis and application of case studies by multidisciplinary student teams according to three thematic modules:

  • Understanding the Problem, Context, and Needs (Weeks 1-5) explores, via human-centered design processes, the integration of quantitative and qualitative needs assessment techniques in the process of prototype design
  • Prototyping Solutions (Weeks 6-8) explores methods of low and medium fidelity prototyping with attention to hypothesis testing and data evaluation in an iterative continuum.
  • Taking It to the Field (Weeks 8-13) extends this iterative process with examination of pilot tests in the lab and field, technologies for monitoring and testing, business modeling, impact evaluation, and scaling.

2) Dev Eng 210: Development Engineering Research and Practice Seminar (1-2 units)

This course provides Dev Eng students with a context and community within which their research projects can be refined and developed. The seminar focuses on work-in-progress presentations by students, post doctoral scholars, and faculty within the DIL ecosystem.  The research seminar can be taken before or after the qualifying examination, and students can take it more than once. 

In addition to these two core courses, students must take three electives from at least two of the three thematic modules within the Dev Eng program. The three modules are: Project DesignEvaluation Techniques and Methods for Measuring Social Impact, and Technology Development. Of the three electives, only one can be from the student’s home department. Students are encouraged to take one elective prior to the qualifying examination, but this is not required.

** denotes classes that may be of particular interest for students in InFEWS

Module 1: Problem Identification and Project Design

This module includes topics such as human-centered design, participant feedback, project management, needs and usability testing.

  • Civil & Environmental Engineering 209: Design for Sustainable Communities**
  • Development Practice 225: Innovation, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
  • Development Practice 232: Foundations of Public Health
  • Energy and Resources 273: Social Science Research Methods**
  • Information 213: User Interface Design and Development
  • Information 214: Needs and Usability Assessment
  • Information 272: Qualitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management
  • Information C283: Information and Communications Technologies for Development
  • Information 287: Information and Communications Technologies for Social Enterprise
  • Mechanical Engineering 290H: Green Product Development – Design for Sustainability**
  • Mechanical Engineering 290P: New Product Development – Design Theory and Methods
  • Public Health 290: Designing Innovative Public Health Solutions
  • Haas MBA 215.1: Business Strategies for Emerging Markets**

Module 2: Evaluation Techniques and Methods for Measuring Social Impact

This module includes classes spanning topics such as large data analytics, statistical analysis for impact assessment, and design of field experiments. It also includes coursework on sustainability and scaling of projects, and on the broader impact on people and communities.

  • Development Practice 228: Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • Development Engineering 290: Special Topics in Development, topics vary
  • Economics 219B: Applications of Psychology and Economics
  • Economics 240A/B: Econometrics
  • Economics 274: Global Poverty and Impact Evaluation**
  • Economics 270A/B: Microeconomics of Development
  • Energy and Resources 275: Water and Development**
  • Energy and Resources 276: Climate Change Economics**
  • Haas MBA 292: Social Sector Solutions
  • Information 272: Qualitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management
  • MBA 296: Applied Impact Evaluation – How to Learn What Works to Lower Global Poverty
  • Public Health 235: Impact Evaluation for Health Professionals
  • Public Health 252C: Intervention Trial Design
  • Public Policy/ Agricultural and Resource Economics 253: International Economic Development Policy**

Module 3: Development Technologies

This modules spans work on prototyping and technology R&D, as well as the use of novel technologies to evaluate interventions.

  • Bioengineering 168L: Practical Light Microscopy
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering 290: Advanced Special Topics – Control Market and Privacy Tools for Participatory Sensing
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering 210: Control of Water-Related Pathogens**
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering 271: Sensors and Signal Interpretation**
  • Computer Science 289A: Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Computer Science 294-1 Behavioral Data Mining
  • Economics 291/Engineering 298B: Behavior Measurement and Change
  • Energy and Resources C200: Energy and Society**
  • Energy and Resources 221: Energy, Climate, and Development**
  • Energy and Resources / Public Policy C271: Energy and Development**
  • Information 271B: Quantitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management
  • Information 283: Information and Communication Technologies and Development
  • Information 290: Data-Intensive International Development

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-1633740. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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