Connecting India’s emerging communities to MIT
The Tata Center for Technology and Design focuses on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India, taking into account environmental, social, and political factors. A core principle is to be relevant to global societal challenges and needs. We link MIT to India and other parts of the developing world. Our goal is to train future generations of engineers and business leaders to build and apply this important new discipline. Ultimately, we hope to influence engineering and management education across the globe to more effectively invent and deploy technologies and systems solutions serving human needs.
Our focus areas
Tata Center projects span seven overlapping thematic areas. Projects range widely within each area, reflecting the diversity of opportunities for impact and the strengths of Tata students and faculty.
Irrigation, water pumping and conservation, efficient use of chemicals, farm machinery, food processing, biofuels, crop drying, and storage.
Small-scale biodiesel production, waste to solid and liquid fuels, waste to energy, compact concentrated solar power, disposable solar cells, low-cost rechargeable batteries, solar cookers, solar fuels, and isolated power grids.
Industrial waste management, water contamination, pollution control, scalable results, system flow, wastewater treatment, recovering industrial byproducts, securing valuable resources, economic stability.
Prosthetics, wheelchairs, wound therapy, vision testing, optical diagnostic instruments, cardiac monitors, drug administration devices, surgical instruments, and incubators.
Building materials, manufactured housing, community infrastructure, integrated services, natural ventilation and heating.
Point of use services, industrial pollution mitigation, purification, testing, desalination, municipal distribution, conservation, and runoff management.