2017 ~ Present| Section - VVS


GOALS: To improve health outcomes, nutrition, and general living conditions in developing nations and resource-limited environments through a variety of key technologies. These solutions include: sensors for sanitation in challenging environments, improving access to healthcare through the development of low-cost technologies focusing primarily on child and maternal health, data analytics, and human centered design.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Focus on Human Centered Design to develop, build, and deploy sustainable solutions in challenging environments.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: Designing and building low-cost sensors, evaluating data, and determining outcomes in developing countries by users with limited training.

MEETING TIME: Wed, 1:55-2:45

ADVISORS: Joe Brown (CE), Robert Wallace (GTRI), Leah Misemer (WCP, LMC)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: IDEO.org, League of Hope, USAID, Zanmi Agrikol (Partners is Agriculture)


CE, EnvE, ME, BME, MSE, ID - Background/interest in engineering for healthcare, environmental, agricultural, and other applications for low-resource communities. Experience with design software (i.e. AutoCAD, SolidWorks) and experimental design would be helpful.  

ECE, CS, CompE, CM, IE - Background/interest in systems, databases, web applications, graphics, networking, wireless communication, etc. Programming skills and experience with database and server configuration would be helpful.

Biol, Chem, ChBE - Background/interest in healthcare, drug development/delivery, waterborne pathogens, disease prevention, etc. Experience with basic biological and chemical testing would be helpful. 

CONTACT: Robert Wallace, robert.wallace@gtri.gatech.edu


Would you be interested in –

·         Giving people in Bolivia tools to determine the safety of their drinking water?

·         Improving healthcare-cost reimbursement models in India for HIV patients?

·         Helping provide better vision solutions in the Dominican Republic?

·         Reducing child/infant exposure to pathogens in their homes in Cambodia?

·         Helping victims of acid attack in India start small businesses and become self-sufficient?

These are some of our current research projects or areas we wish to develop. We would love for you to work with us on these topics and others! If you are a student who is interested in learning how you can apply the skills you learn in the classroom to real problems, this is your opportunity to do so. Through a VIP course, you can help define the business, design, engineering, usability, and policy aspects of a broad range of global humanitarian efforts here at Georgia Tech. All majors and skillsets are welcome and encouraged to apply!