Dan Frey Named D-Lab Faculty Director

Published in MIT News on July 27, 2016, by Nancy Adams

Professor of mechanical engineering brings a long association with D-Lab and a commitment to design for the developing world.

Professor J. Kim Vandiver, MIT dean for undergraduate research, has appointed Professor Daniel Frey of the Department of Mechanical Engineering the new faculty director of the MIT D-Lab. Vandiver has functioned in that role since its earliest days and says, “I am delighted to have Dan Frey take on this important leadership role in D-Lab at an exciting time. He combines a deep interest in design with a desire to strengthen research, which will have positive impact in the developing world.”

Frey will work closely with D-Lab leadership and staff to advance the program's mission, values, ideals, and culture. Says D-Lab founder Amy Smith, “I’ve had the pleasure of teaching with Dan and am excited that he will be joining us in this capacity. Dan and his approach to systems thinking will be a valuable asset for D-Lab as we move forward with our strategic plan.”

“I think D-Lab is a really important organization — for the communities it serves, for students, for MIT,” Frey says. “When this role cropped up, it seemed like a great opportunity.”

Frey is no stranger to D-Lab. “Dan has been a supporter of D-Lab since the early days,” says Smith. In fact, over the years, Frey has supervised or co-supervised 10 projects at D-Lab and has formed strong working relationships with the D-Lab research and program staff...

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