Shawn Frayne
biography :: conference marerials
Shawn Frayne is a recent graduate of MIT; for the past two years he has been part of Amy Smith's continuing effort to design technologies for developing countries. His involvement began as an undergraduate when he participated in a design seminar focusing on creating useful technologies for rural Haiti. Today, he continues to learn more about the field of appropriate technology as a research assistant in the development of several inventions, including an inexpensive peanut sheller and a process for converting sugarcane waste into charcoal. Last summer, Frayne traveled to Haiti, where his classroom experiences were expanded dramatically. He recently joined the MIT initiative to create new course materials for classes about engineering for developing countries. In addition to building on these innovations, Frayne is developing several devices of his own conception in fields ranging from packaging materials to alternative energy. He is currently drafting his first patent application.