Faculty
Amy Smith

Amy Smith is the Director of D-Lab, a program which focuses on the development, design, and dissemination of appropriate technologies for international development. She co-teaches several of the D-Lab courses, and is co-creator of MIT's IDEAS Competition, as well as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana and has also done field work in Senegal, South Africa, Nepal, Haiti, Honduras, Uganda, Ghana and Zambia. She won the BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventor's Award and the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention for her work in creating technologies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. She also founded the International Development Innovation Network at MIT, the Innovations in International Health program, and the International Development Design Summit. She was selected as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, recognizing her work in this area and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010 for the work she is doing to promote local innovation and technology creation. Her current projects are in the areas of water testing, treatment and storage, agricultural processing and alternative energy.