Center for Socially Engaged Design

Meet the Fall 2017 Teams!

And the winner is…
Second-line Postpartum Hemorrhage Treatment Method for Low Resource Settings
This ME450 team demonstrated a thorough understanding of the need, they conveyed a strong understanding of their partners and users, and they presented a contextually relevant concept with a high-quality prototype and simulator.  This team also included three participants in the Global Health Design Initiative Academic Program – before coming into this ME450 course, they built socially engaged design skills throughout Winter 2017 semester and spend 8 weeks in the field in Ghana this past summer.  The team earned more than the 10 possible points by impressing the judges and earning the judge’s choice points.  To learn more about this project, check out the Socially Engaged Design Awards page.
We also recognized 3 runner-up teams who also exemplified socially engaged design work.  Each registered member of these teams will go home with a C-SED t-shirt:
BLUElab India Project
SI618 Music Ensemble: A tool for musicians

Thursday, December 7, 12-4PM at Design Expo (locations across North Campus): Teams being considered for the Socially Engaged Design Awards will be designated with a teal star in the Design Expo booklet and on their poster.

Friday, December 8, 10-11:30AM at Coffee & Bagels Reception (C-SED – 3360 GG Brown): Teams and their project sponsors, partners, and instructors are invited to celebrate their work and awardees will be announced.  Teams will RSVP on behalf of their groups. Please email if you’d like to join us for this event and aren’t already connected to a team.

How it works:

  1. BEGINNING OF SEMESTER: Register to tell C-SED you want to participate. Registration is currently closed.  Check back for Winter 2018 Socially Engaged Design Awards Registration in January.
  2. THROUGHOUT SEMESTER: Meet with a C-SED Consultant about your design project. Take advantage of C-SED opportunities throughout the semester to build skills, get feedback, and set your team up for success at Design Expo.
  3. WINTER 2018 DEADLINE COMING SOON: Register for Design Expo.
  4. DATE COMING SOON: Present at Winter 2018 Design Expo.*
  5. DATE COMING SOON: Celebrate your great work and the winning teams at the Coffee & Bagels Reception at C-SED.

*All teams will have the opportunity to present at Design Expo. If your team isn’t affiliated with a class that already attends Design Expo, you may be hosted at C-SED.

Questions about Design Expo or the host, Multidisciplinary Design Program? Learn more.

Project Evaluation

Projects and presentations are evaluated on their attention to the broader context of design, engagement with and incorporation of stakeholder expertise, application of qualitative research methods, use of respectful and co-creative language, and product quality. (criteria subject to change)

Context: Consideration of the broader context of design (social, cultural, economic, environmental), including how the design interacts with context from materials selection through implementation and adoption through disposal and/or project sunsetting.
Stakeholder/Community Engagement: Direct and indirect engagement with stakeholders and/or community for information gathering and design. Incorporation of knowledge, skills, ideas, and perspectives of stakeholders/community.
Methods: Application of socially engaged design methods, including qualitative research methods (i.e. interviews, focus groups, observations) and use of prototyping to garner feedback.
Language: Use of respectful and co-creative language about stakeholders/users, needs, and design solutions.
Quality: Technical soundness of product, likelihood to address the need, consideration of user requirements & engineering specifications.

Teams seeking to incorporate a socially engaged design approach into their project work are strongly encouraged to meet with C-SED consultants in one or more 20-minute appointments throughout the semester and train in front-end design and other relevant skills using the Socially Engaged Design Academy and Deep Dives.

Check out past SED Award winners here:

Erik Thomas presents Project MESA – an M-HEAL team and Honors Capstone Design project at Winter 2017 Design Expo

Winter 2017 Socially Engaged Design Award for Established Team went to Project MESA (Erik Thomas accepting on behalf of M-HEAL and his capstone design project) for their co-design of a portable gynecological exam table with healthcare providers in Nicaragua

Adapt and Eden’s Team present a concept solution at Design Expo 2017

SED Award judges sample Exotein, a cricket protein-based chocolate beverage developed by a chemical engineering capstone design team. Winter 2017 Design Expo

Team Exotein presents their cricket protein-based chocolate beverage developed for their chemical engineering capstone design project at Winter 2017 Design Expo

“The Team, The Team, The Team” shows off their driverless bus after a 48 hour design sprint at Makeathon 2017. Their consideration of context like features to accommodate diverse users, alert pedestrians, and navigate this miniature city earned them a Socially Engaged Design Award