NINth Annual Conference

The D80 Conference is a dialog and 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 discovery for the poorest 80% of humanity. The public is always invited to join us.

Learn. Engage. Build Community.


2015 Conference:

Making Connections: The Past, Present, and Future of Design

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Venue: Michigan Tech, Dow Building
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

Special thanks to the Michigan Tech Graduate School, Sustainable Futures Institute, and Van Pelt and Opie Library for their support.



8:30 am: Registration, Dow Lobby

9:00 am: Welcome & Session 1

  • Welcome: Dr. Lorelle Meadows, Dean, Pavlis Honors College
  • Into India 2015 (J. Barker, S. Curtis, J. Cavins, E. Fernandez, Pavlis)  
  • Quebrada Pastor Water Distribution System (D. Benoy, C. Carbary, A. Crispo, M. Ziols, iDesign)
  • Water Supply for Guatemalan Communities  (R. Dougherty, EWB)

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Session 2

  • Water Sources in Valle Escondido, Panama (K. Blodgett, H. Henderson, K. Jung, D. Oldani, iDesign)
  • Our Experiences in Ghana and Tanzania (M. Cromie, J. Seaser, Pavlis)  
  • Bridge Design for Quebrada Caracol, Panama (S. Lopez, J. Mathieu,, A. Romenesko, J. Schmitt, Y. Zeng, iDesign)
  • Houghton County Energy Efficiency Team  (K. Abbott, L. Artman, ECET)

12 noon: Lunch, sponsored by the Sustainable Futures Institute (MUB Alumni Lounge)

1:00 pm: Keynote Panel: How Does Change Happen? Cases in Technology and Design

  • Sarah Fayen Scarlett - Introduction
  • Jonathan Robins - “175 years of Appropriate Technology: The West African oil palm industry in historical perspective"
  • Steve Walton - “The Rise and Fall of Appropriate Technology? How the social impacts the technical”
  • Laura Walikainen Rouleau - "Designing a Public Privacy: The Social and Cultural Construction of Public Restrooms in the United States"
  • Kari Henquinet – Comments and Q/A

2:30 pm: Break

2:40 pm: Session 3

  • Clean Water for Quebrada Caracol, Panama (M. Cherng, N. Rademacher, S. Stoolmiller, iDesign)
  • Water Supply in Quebrada Pinzón, Panama (J. Mack, R. Sachar, S. Thakur, N. Wienold, iDesign)  
  • Workshop: Drill, Baby, Drill: Water Wells in Developing Contexts (E. Kunik, A. Wohlgemuth, PCMI)
  • Closing: A Look Ahead (D. Watkins, D80)

6-11 pm: Party for Michelle! Fundraiser party for Michelle Cisz-Brill, Continental Fire Co.

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Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

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