A Summer of Transitions at D-Lab

Nancy Adams, Communications Administrator, D-Lab

It was a busy summer for D-Lab, at MIT and in the field, and a time of transitions.

In June, Professor J. Kim Vandiver, MIT dean for undergraduate research, appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dan Frey as D-Lab’s new faculty director. Vandiver held that role since D-Lab’s earliest days and said, “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.” Read the MIT News story.

In July, D-Lab said goodbye to longtime co-director Victor Grau Serrat. Vandiver said that Victor “served D-Lab extraordinarily well for many years,” and expressing appreciation for the “talent and energy he brought to the program.”

D-Lab leadership teamBob Nanes, a 30-year veteran of international development, was hired for the newly created position of executive director in August. Nanes joins the current D-Lab leadership team, which includes new Faculty Director Dan Frey, Associate Director Kofi Taha, and Founding Director Amy Smith. “We are thrilled that Bob will be joining D-Lab,” said Smith. “He brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience as well as the management, leadership, and fundraising skills that will help move D-Lab to the next chapter of what has been an exciting story for us so far.” Read the MIT News story.

Over the summer, D-Lab also sent many staff, students, and researchers to work on projects around the world. Among them were the three winners of spring 2016 D-Lab Fieldwork Grants funded by the Underclassmen Giving Campaign. Read their blog posts below to learn more about their work!