Eco-Innovating a Better World

Michigan Technological University, 2008 - $6,500.00

The D80 Center at Michigan Technological University is dedicated to alleviating suffering and inequity through development for the world's poorest 80%. Comprised of six distinct programs, the initiative fosters an international educational strategy, providing opportunities to students at all educational levels. In spring 2007, the university approved an undergraduate Certificate in International Sustainable Development Engineering, meant to provide an engineering student breadth in the areas of ethics, resource equity, interactions between technology and society, engineering connections with the environment, engineering materials, and water/sanitation.

The D80 program has reached the point where it is ready to move from applying appropriate technological solutions to creating and disseminating them. However, the current curriculum does not actively promote affordable design, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. With this grant, MTU faculty plan to integrate entrepreneurial elements into the D80 program with the partnership of Dow Corning, a leader in eco-innovation, who will mentor Michigan Tech faculty and students from business and engineering. Faculty will then incorporate eco-innovation into the classroom, students will incorporate entrepreneurial solutions into their projects, and a university-industrial partnership centered on innovation will be built.