The D80 Conference is a celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world's poorest 80%. Together we are creating a better future.

The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall every year to give a platform to the voices of university students serving communities-in-need both domestically and abroad. Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design, and delight for the poorest 80% of humanity. The public is always invited to join us. This year's conference will be held during Family Weekend at Michigan Tech so many of our D80 students can share their experiences, stories, and motivations with the people who support them the most.
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2013 Conference:
Ensuring Environmental Sustainability

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Venue: Michigan Tech, Fisher Hall
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

A special thanks to the Van Pelt and Opie Library for their invaluable assistance.


All Sessions are in Fisher Hall

9:00 am - Registration, Fisher Hall

9:30 am-- Opening and Welcome (Fisher 135)

Keynote Presentation: "Technology for Sustainable Development: What and for Whom?", Prof. James Boyce, University of Massachusetts

10:40 am-12 noon: Morning Block (pick one to attend)

  • Session 1 (Fisher 138):

    • Pavlis Institute in Ghana, 2013 (L. Harris)
    • Engineers Without Borders – Water Supply for Communities in Rural Guatemala (S. Bainbridge)
    • iDesign Panama – Del Puente Project (J. Broadbent)
    • 3D Printing of Low Cost PV Module Racking (B. Wittbrodt)

    Workshop 1 (Fisher 139): Navigating Community Development as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Tech Researcher (M. Maggio)

    12 noon - Lunch

    1:00 pm: Afternoon A Block (pick one to attend)

    Session 2 (Fisher 138):

    • Smoke Signals: Using P3 - Kitchen 2.0 to evaluate stove and ventilation performance (J. Maggio)
    • Sanitation in Rural Panama: Where do we go from here? (J. Midkiff)
    • Into India with the Pavlis Institute (N. Saur)
    • How Social Ties Influence Resource Flow (S. Rahman)

    Workshop 2 (Fisher 139): Solar-Powered Water Pumping for Drip Irrigation and Rural Community Water Supply (J. Gierke)

    2:15 pm -- Break

    2:30 pm: Afternoon B Block (pick one to attend)

    Session 3 (Fisher 138):

    • Aqueduct System for Vallecito, Panama (T. Domagalla, V. Wilson)
    • China's Land Grabbing for Biofuel Crops in Africa  (X. Yang)
    • Participatory Approach to Sustainability Assessments for Natural Resource Management (A. Vaidya)
    • Water Supply System for Cerro Piedra, Panama (N. Zgnilec)

    Workshop 3 (Fisher 139): Whose Development Counts? Addressing Conflicts of Local and Outsider Interests (S. Tubman)

    3:50 pm - Break

    4:00 pm – Closing (Fisher 135)

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