Ken Pickar
Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering

California Institute of Technology
208 Gates-Thomas, Mail Code 104-44
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-4185


E/MedE/ME 105

Syllabus (pdf)
Background Materials
Projects/Final Papers
Trips to Guatemala

E/ME 103

Useful Links




E/ME 105: Product Design for the Developing World

Background Materials

Appropriate Technology

  • Excerpts from Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E.F. Schumacher (pdf)
    Description of Schumacher's "intermediate" technology—what we call appropriate technology

  • David French. "The Ten Commandments of Project Planning", The AT Reader, ed. Marilyn Carr. London: Intermediate Technology Press, 1985. pp 407-412
    What to do and what not to do

  • Power to the People (Peter Hawthorne, Time Magazine) (pdf)
    Describes a few appropriate technologies being used in Africa—some good introductory examples

  • The WOT-field: A test-site for small scale sustainable energy applications. Working Group on Development Techniques, University of Twente. (pdf)
    Prototypes of several appropriate technologies and descriptions

  • Appropriate Technology for Grassroots Development: Conference report. Sponsored by The African Development Foundation and The Songhai Environmental Rehabilitation Center
    Conference proceedings. Summarizes some West African AT projects

  • Field Guide to Appropriate Technology, edited by Barrett Hazeltine and Christopher Bull, 2003
    Descriptions of appropriate technologies, reports from the field

  • Mastering the Machine Revisited, by Ian Smillie, 2000
    Very good: how appropriate technology fits into the larger picture of aid and development, and what it has accomplished in the fight against poverty. (I have a copy I would be willing to loan out –Jeff)

  • Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E.F. Schumacher, 1973
    An interesting take on economics by the man who invented appropriate technology

  • The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology, by Marilyn Carr, 1985
    Essays, exerpts and cases of Appropriate Technology. Only a little bit out of date

  • McDounough, W., & Braungart, M., Cradle to Cradle, remaking the way we make things. North point Press, New York. US, 2002

  • Schumacher, E. F. (1973). Small is beautiful: Economics as if people mattered. New York: Harper & Row.