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

Background Materials

E/ME 103

Useful Links




E/ME 105: Product Design for the Developing World

Background Materials

Engineering for Development

  • Bernard Amadei. Program in Engineering for Developing Communities: Viewing the Developing World as the Classroom of the 21st Century. 33rd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2003.

  • Parsons, Laura Brigitte. "Engineering in Context: Engineering in Developing Countries" Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice October 1996 (pdf)
    Decent description of the realities of doing engineering in developing countries

  • Amadei, B., Viewing the Developing World as the Classroom of thr 21st Centrury. Program in Engineeering for developing communities (Earth Systems Engineering ESE) University of Colorado at Boulder, Nacional Academy of Engineering of the Nacional Academies, US, 2004

  • Banzaert, A., Hiniduma Lokuge, P. D., Smith, A., & Susnowitz, S. (2003). The MIT IDEAS Competition: Innovations for Public Service. Proceedings of the NCIIA 7th Annual Conference. Retrieved August 8, 2005 from NCIIA web site.

  • Bugliarello, G., Environmental Engineering Science: The Biosoma Paradigm and Environmental Engineering. Polytechnic University Brooklyn, NY. US. Volume 24, Number 3, 2007. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Parker, P.M., Ph.d. Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Business, Innovation and Society INSEAD (Singapore, and Fontainebleau, France)The 2005 Guatemala Economic and Product Market Databook

  • Pickar, K., Teaching at the Intersection of Science, Engineering, and Business, Idea Flow. ENGenius. Fall 2004. Caltech

  • Polak, P. (2008) Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail (BK Currents) (Hardcover), Estados Unidos

  • Smith, A. B., Banzaert, A., & Susnowitz, S. (2003). The MIT's Public Service Design Seminars: Inspiring Applied Innovation

  • Activist Paul Polak Inspires Others with Low Tech Solutions for Poverty (24 June 2008)

  • National Academy of Engineering 1998, Third Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering: Reports - Technology & Engineering - 125 pages. This book, the most recent in a series of publications, describes new and emerging technologies and explains how they were developed and their benefit.

  • Session S1B THE MIT IDEAS COMPETITION: PROMOTING INNOVATION FOR ... Engineering education. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. S1B-11 to find teammates.