Amy Smith
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Amy Smith is the founder of the Designs for Developing Countries Project at the Edgerton Center and has taught classes related to this subject for seven years. She served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana for four years and has also done field work in Senegal, South Africa, Nepal, Haiti, and Honduras. She has taught engineering design at a variety of levels, ranging from undergraduate courses in mechanical engineering for high school enrichment programs to graduate courses in sustainable development. She won the 1999 BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventor's Award for her work on a phase-change incubator that operates without electricity and also won the 2000 MIT-Lemelson Student Prize for Invention. She continues her work in these areas and is working at developing creative ways to bring this kind of design opportunity to MIT students.