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


  • UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Women in Industry Series:

    Women, Industry and Technology (pdf)
    Women, Industry and Environment (pdf)
    Women, Industry and Entrepreneurship (pdf)
    Ideas on how to improve women's economic participation, with case studies

  • Caroline S. Fawcett and Sarah Howden. Gender Issues in Technical Training and Vocational Education Programs (for Inter-American Development Bank) (pdf)

  • Julie A. Smith. Solar-Based Rural Electrification and Microenterprise Development in Latin America: A Gender Analysis. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (pdf)
    Outlines the advantages of decentralized energy to achieve international development goals, especially as they relate to women.

  • A Path out of Poverty: Developing rural and women entrepreneurship. United Nations Industrial Development Organization. (pdf)