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


  • Theo Schilderman. Building Bridges with the Grassroots: Scaling up through knowledge sharing. ITDG (pdf)
    Information poverty in slums and participatory development projects

  • George McRobie. Services for the Urban Poor: A People-centred Approach (pdf)
    How to design participatory programs to provide services to slum dwellers

  • Community-Based Technologies for Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Reuse: Options for urban agriculture. The International Development Research Centre. (pdf)
    Wastewater treatment and reuse in urban environments

  • "The brown revolution" The Economist May 9, 2002
    Information on urbanization – see Caltech e-journal passwords from a Caltech-networked computer for access