Navigating Roadblocks: BLUElab NicarAGUA

BLUElab NicarAGUA team reflects on growth and challenges of practicing socially engaged design in the field For the past two years, the BLUElab NicarAGUA team has been working with a small community called Las Banderitas, in the El Jicaral region of Nicaragua. After identifying the major need of the community as reliable access to water […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Jesse Austin-Breneman

Engineers as People: Understanding the human elements of decision making on a design team. C-SED consultant and Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor, Jesse Austin-Breneman, conducts research focused on the decision making process of complex system design. He hopes to use his findings to help project teams improve their technical outcome. The time Jesse Austin-Breneman spent in […]

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Student Spotlight: Rachel Ross

“I’m really glad I got to start a project from its infancy and use good, ethically sound methodology from the beginning.” Completing her final year in the College of Engineering, Rachel Ross has been involved with BLUElab’s India Project and Global Health Design Initiative during her time on campus. Rachel remembers learning about BLUElab on one […]

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Student Spotlight: Abril Vela

“I was missing this sense of working with and for people, and not for myself,” Abril Vela, a senior in the School of Information, says on founding University of Michigan’s first Design for America design studio.    Vela came to UM with an interest in tech and social entrepreneurship, finding a natural home in the […]

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