The DIL Idea Team designs and implements new, creative ways to engage the UC Berkeley community in global development challenges.
Working with UC Berkeley’s new Development Impact Lab, the DIL Idea Team is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students who want to help shape the campus dialogue on science and technology for global good.
MDP student, Development Practice
Asim Fayaz is a first year graduate student in the Masters in Development Practice program at UC Berkeley. He is interested in the use of ICT for problem solving, especially in in developing countries. He has worked with donors, governments, academia, private firms and launched start-ups, both for-profit and nonprofit. Prior to joining UCB, Asim served as the the Founding Director of the Technology for the People Initiative, a nonprofit applied research and design centre in Pakistan that designed tech-driven solutions for the public sector. Alongside, he worked as a consultant for various organizations, including World Bank Pakistan, CIDA and IGC. Projects have been featured by The Economist, Washington Post, The Guardian and DAWN. Asim recently won the Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition in 2014. In the past, he has been an Acumen Pakistan Fellow and won the TED Prize for City 2.0. He has been the curator of TEDxLahore, Pakistan’s first TEDx, and co-founded SMSall.pk, Pakistan’s first group SMS network. He is from Lahore, Pakistan, and holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science from LUMS with major in Computer Science.
PhD student, Computer Science
Jordan loves all things technology and social justice. She graduated from Creighton University in 2013, and is now a second year PhD student in EECS working with the research group TIER – Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions. Her primary research interest is empowering people to participate in learning about and solving global issues through collaborative data collection and processing tools for development impact analysis. She also enjoys playing tennis.
MS/PhD Student, Energy and Resources Group
As a dual NSF and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Pierce works in the nexus of design thinking and impact evaluation for products and services for the abject poor. He intends to explore the impact that design thinking has on multiple indicators of success across disparate intervention categories, while exploring the place of various design thinking methodologies on the space of international development. For more information, check out his website at http://www.piercegordon1.com/.
Masters Student, Information Management and Systems
Anthony is currently in the Masters of Information Management and Systems program at the I School. He currently serves as the teaching assistant for Lean Launchpad at Haas School of Business, the Director of Energyfolks, a NGO that connects energy and environmental communities around the world, and the President of the Data Science Collaborative @ Berkeley. Anthony has previously worked for the NRDC, UN, Energy Foundation, Chevron, CPUC, and Apple. Anthony holds a Masters in International Polices Studies from Stanford, where he co-founded the Stanford Energy Club and a Bachelor in Global Economics with Honors from UC Santa Cruz.
MS/PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering
Miho is a first year MS-PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering form MIT. Her research interest is in technology development and engineering in development context, empowerment through design process, and impact evaluation. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she worked on various development engineering projects with MIT D-lab and some of them led her to work in Brazil, Honduras and India. She’s from Kyoto, Japan and founded an organization called SoHub that strives to empower rural communities in Japan through working on design projects with interdisciplinary experts.
PhD Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Sid is currently a second year graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UC Berkeley where he is pursuing a PhD in Civil Systems. His research involves adapting mobile computing and sensing technologies in order to better inform and design major infrastructure investments. He has undergraduate degrees from Brandeis and Columbia Universities in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, respectively. At Columbia, he helped secure $500,000 in funding from the Pulitzer Foundation to design and implement an aquifer recharge and irrigation system at a UN Millennium Research Village in Ethiopia. After graduation, he worked as an engineering consultant in Oregon and California and assisted both public and private clients on environmental remediation and water resource management projects. He is currently developing a platform for conducting social science experiments on mobile phones in collaboration with researchers from the Economics department and Berkeley’s XLab.
Masters Student, Development Practice
Nehama is a first-year student in the Master of Development Program. Nehama spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, where she lived in a small island town working with ChildFund and World Vision local affiliates. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked on micro-finance projects, leadership training for youth, reproductive health seminars, and a swim camp for children. She most recently worked in the US office of the Green Belt Movement, a Kenyan environmental and gender development NGO. She speaks, to varying degrees of ability, English, Spanish, Tagalog, Cebuano, and Hebrew.
MS/PhD Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rachel is a Civil Engineering PhD student working to better understand the social, economic, and environmental implications of increased production throughout emerging markets.Rachel received her B.S. in Bioengineering at Penn State University with a minor in Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship. She has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams to implement health and agricultural systems in East Africa. Rachel has published articles on medical device design, engineering education, and impact assessment. In her career, she hopes to lower the barriers to launching social ventures that improve global well-being.
Masters Student, Landscape Architecture
Kevin studied literature at UCLA, then spent a decade recording and touring as a professional musician. He is currently pursuing his Master of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, where last year he served as co-editor of the Landscape and Environmental Planning Department’s GROUND UP Journal. As a designer, Kevin is interested in creative multi-disciplinarity, drawing influence from various fields to produce design that is proactive in addressing ecological and cultural challenges.