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: MIT/Lincoln Lab; Sanivation; League of Hope; University of Mayor; Parque Tagua Tagua; Yellowstone Foundation; Floyd County Schools, Walker County Schools; Zammi Agrikol (Partners in Agriculture); Clarkston Community Health Center; Beverly School of Kenya; American Red Cross


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 –

  • New- Science and engineering of animal reintroduction through development of sensors for diagnosing strength, health and athleticism of animals rehabilitated in zoo facilities for reintroduction into the wild.
  • New- Mobile app development for dairy farmers in Kenya
  • New- Disaster relief in Puerto Rico supporting the American Red Cross in providing emergency response tools during and immediately following natural disasters.
  • Ongoing- STEM curriculum development for Beverley School of Kenya (BSK), a boarding school in rural Kenya looking to develop its STEM program. HumaniTech students are developing curriculum centered around composting, building a plastic bottle greenhouse gas, and building an anaerobic digester for capturing energy from cattle waste.
  • Ongoing- Nonverbal pill cards for the Clarkston Community Healthcare Center. Students are researching effective methods of displaying medical information visually to communicate with diverse populations.
  • New- Development of an open-source drone software toolkit for humanitarian groups to track resources and to identify rescue victims in disaster situations.
  • Ongoing - Sustainability plan for national parks in Chile modeled after American national parks and in partnership with our friends at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
  • Closed- Potable water filtration device for deployment in post-disaster situations.
  • Closed- Development of electronic health records (EHR) for child vaccinations in India.
  • Closed- Vaccination dissemination in India.


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!