Initiative for Inclusive Design (IID)

The Initiative for Inclusive Design (IID) seeks to empower students to recognize and problematize the current limitations that contemporary design discipline/practice presents, and to encourage them to work and think progressively. Through active participation in the architecture community  (Lectures, workshops, events, etc.)  at the University of Michigan, and through group research, this independent student advisory board […]

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RIME RIME

  • Location: Ypsilanti | Pinckney | Hamtramck, Michigan, United States
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Project 1: Wave Patient Scheduling System After conducting an initial needs assessment last September, we saw that patient waiting times were incredibly long (2-4 hours), and that patients would show up sporadically throughout the open hours of the clinic. In order to decrease this waiting time while minimalizing downtime experienced by the volunteer physicians working […]

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ADAPT ADAPT

ADAPT is an interdisciplinary team of UM students working at the intersection of art, design, and engineering to create beautiful and productive designs for people with health challenges. Currently our focus is on designing for wheelchair users while preparing to explore a variety of other problem spaces. We are creating a unique empathetic design process […]

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M-HEAL | Project MESA M-HEAL | Project MESA

The M-HEAL Project MESA: Making Exams Safe and Accessible (formerly Maternal Health Team) began after a needs assessment trip to Nicaragua in 2010. The team visited several clinics (mostly private and non-profit), and discovered that many women in rural communities have limited access to gynecological examinations, which likely contributes to Nicaragua having the highest mortality […]

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Chullina Footbridge | Bridges To Prosperity Chullina Footbridge | Bridges To Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity, University of Michigan Chapter, works on the funding, design and construction management of pedestrian footbridges in rural Bolivia. Through our parent organization, the Chullina village was identified with a great need for a stable footbridge due to highly limited access to markets, medical supplies and schools during the rainy season due to impassable […]

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NicarAGUA | BLUElab NicarAGUA | BLUElab

BLUElab NicarAGUA started its first big project after being approached by Rancho Los Alpes in Leon, Nicaragua, who we were put into contact through the non-profit organization Aqua Clara International. The team originally went to the ranch to work on water filtration systems in the surrounding community, however the eco-lodge felt a need for more […]

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SaNima | BLUElab SaNima | BLUElab

Sa Nimá Collaborative was originally founded in 2002 by medical students as an inter-campus initiative, and the goal was to promote social responsibility in healthcare workers through the exploration of international health issues. Up until 2008, Sa Nimá worked in Rancho al Medio, a small village of 1,400 people in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, […]

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Biodigester Energy | Pantanal Biodigester Energy | Pantanal

The best guardians of isolated natural habitats are often the very communities which inhabit them. As urbanization pulls rural inhabitants from their historical homes, these habitats become increasingly vulnerable to commercial exploitation. The scarcity and poor quality of hospitals, schools, and other public infrastructure–as well of the lure of modern technology–are undeniably compelling reasons for […]

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Solar Fridge | M-HEAL Solar Fridge | M-HEAL

Solar Fridge began as a senior design project and was later transferred to become a project team in M-Heal (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives). The problem we are focusing on solving to help safely distribute vaccines in low-resource countries. Vaccines are important to protect a population of a preventable disease. The difficulties with vaccines […]

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