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Caitrin Lynch, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Author

My colleague Lynn Andrea Stein and I created Engineering for Humanity to help students identify problems facing local senior-citizen partners. WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO DESIGN WITH THE NEEDS, PRIORITIES AND VALUES OF PEOPLE IN MIND, not to design something an engineer thinks is a good idea but no real person would actually want. Our students have designed a double-handled cane for a man who had trouble getting out of his car. The class includes students from Olin as well as our from partner institutions Babson and Wellesley. IT HAS BEEN GREAT TO SEE THE COLLABORATION AND CREATIVITY THAT COMES FROM SUCH AN INTERDISCIPLINARY GROUP.

Courses Taught: Engineering for Humanity, The Human Connection, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Capstone