M E Seminar: 3D Printing, Humanitarian Engineering, and Social Entrepreneurship


Developing communities don’t have access to the efficient supply chains that bring replacement parts for medical equipment and other medical necessities to provide adequate healthcare to their rural health care facilities. What if we could solve this problem in a way that allows nearly anyone anywhere to use 3D printing to solve some of their supply chain problems? This talk will highlight one example of how engineering and social entrepreneurship mix to solve humanitarian problems and how everyone can get more involved in the challenges that can change the world.


Whether it is bicycles, cars, satellites, or supply chains, I have always been fascinated by how to move things more efficiently. Now I am focused on using 3D printing to short circuit long, expensive medical supply chains in developing communities. As director of the Penn State Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program, I work with students to create mission-focused ventures and human-centered products and services. I co-founded Baisikeli Ugunduzi, a social venture that makes bicycles safer and more productive for people in East Africa who depend on bicycles to earn a living. Previously, I led a design lab, taught design engineering, co-directed a Peace Corps master’s program, and I still help bicycle companies develop new products.


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