Social Design Projects
Industrial Design professor Ann-Marie Conrado has conducted research to address social and humanitarian concerns, working with fair trade artisans to design and develop product lines more in line with contemporary lifestyles. These interventions have significantly impacted artisan communities struggling to compete in the global marketplace, resulting in increased demand and sales for traditional handicraft communities.
Professor Conrado and her students have conducted social design research projects in Nepal that have included a $3 washing machine, a rapid deploy emergency shelter and a self-sterilizing umbilical cord cutter. This research has been conducted in conjunction with the Hope Initiative, an international nonprofit working in Nepal to utilize design thinking to address humanitarian concerns in developing countries.