Tata Center Community Journal

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Engineering solutions for resource-constrained communities is about more than technical skill and rigorous labwork. It also requires empathy, reflection, and the willingness to challenge entrenched ideas.

Our monthly Community Journal is a forum for exactly these topics. Written by our faculty, graduate students, and research scientists, the Journal covers each of our six focus areas on a rotating basis: agriculture, energy, environment, health, housing, and water. Its purpose is to encourage discussion, collaboration, and reflection on a spectrum of issues both inside and outside of the MIT Tata Center community. All issues are available for download below.


2015-16

Vol. 1: Orientation (September)

In this issue:

  • Santosh Shanbhogue reflects on Tata Fellow orientation in Maharashtra, India, and asks “What developing world engineering challenges does it make sense to invest our time?”
  • Students share insights from visits to Dharavi, villages in Satara District, and the Naranpur Express simulation game
  • Important information about business and technology development competitions

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Vol. 2: Agriculture (October)

In this issue:

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Vol. 3: Energy (November)

In this issue:

  • Research Scientist Reja Amatya on why some microgrid projects fail and how others can succeed in rural India
  • Varun Mehra on e4Dev, the MIT student organization aimed at the nexus of energy and development
  • Kevin Kung on the “dirty secret” of biomass waste in developing countries

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Vol. 4: Environment (March)

In this issue:

  • Tata Fellow Dhivya Ravikumar on her experiences studying the municipal waste system in Muzaffarnagar, India.
  • Postdoc Piyush Chaunsali on progress testing the durability of Eco-BLAC Bricks.
  • Observations on air quality in Delhi, with Tata Fellow David Hagan.
  • Goals in water sustainability and access for World Water Day.

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