Link of the Day 092408: Our fave Low-Tech Engineering Guru, Amy Smith, featured in Popular Mechanics

Farmers in Peru are working with MIT engineers to design solutions to local challenges.

Farmers in Peru are working with MIT engineers to design solutions to local challenges. From left: a pedal-powered grain mill; the approach to the town’s water source

From Popular Mechanics [August 2008 issue]

From impoverished Peruvian villages to MIT’s D-Lab, professor Amy Smith and her spirited team of engineers are on a mission: Fight global poverty and improve living standards for developing countries—one low-cost, accessible invention at a time.

Amy Smith, Firestarter
Doing a charcoal burn in 2006 in Cap Haitien. See flickr photoset: D-lab/AIDG 2006

Veggie burgers cooked over corncob charcoal at IPIDAT 2007
Veggie burgers cooked over corncob charcoal. Note: after additional study in the D-lab, corncob charcoal is converted into briquettes which produce lower NOX, SOX, and carbon monoxide emissions.See flickr photoset: IPIDAT 2007

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