Story from NYU Tandon: Student Leaders Brainstorm Ideas for an Accessible Future

Image: DFA e-board member participated in the Design for America (DFA) national leadership conference From the left: Tuba Naziruddin, Kathleen Chao, Michael Niamehr, and Emma Hoffman.  At the recent Design for America (DFA) Leadership Studio, 106 students from DFA university chapters across the U.S. — including four student leaders from the DFA NYU studio —…

The 2017 Prototyping Showcase Put NYU Ingenuity on Display

On April 25, visitors to the MakerSpace were treated to an impressive display of projects that had been conceived by students and professors from across NYU who received mini-grants from the university’s Prototyping Fund, a program overseen by NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Greenhouse (a student-run initiative within Tandon’s MakerSpace where aspiring designers, engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs can…

NYU’S Design For America Studio Empowers Women in Nepal

Professor Fayard and students pilot a program to provide women in low-income areas with skills and knowledge. When the Design Tinkering Club at Tandon School of Engineering became NYU’s studio of Design for America (DFA) —a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams using human-centered design to develop innovative solutions for local and social impact—it marked a significant…

Design Thinking Projects at the NYU Tandon Research Expo 2017

From innovative smartphone apps for healthcare to data-driven models for New York City’s transportation planners, there were almost 70 teams of scientists, engineers, and technologists displaying their work at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 2017 Research Expo. The annual event drew government officials, fellow researchers, public school students and teachers, and scores of Brooklynites…

The Bindi Project

Training low-income women as community concierges The Bindi Project is a sustainable train-the-trainee program that provides women in low-income neighborhoods with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to become leaders and catalysts for change with and in their communities. The project is a collaboration between Design for America of New York University, a student club focused on using…

Decreasing the Dangers of Distracted or Drowsy Driving with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

This fall, Design for America and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partnered for a third year in a row to tackle reducing the dangers of distracted or drowsy driving! Five interdisciplinary teams from Michigan State University, NYU, Duke, Northwestern, and Case Western Reserve University worked to design solutions focusing on keeping teen drivers and shift workers safe and engaged…

Light at night: Prototype in Tripureshwar, Kathmandu, Nepal

A prototype that emerged from our bindi project with women in Tripureshwar: how prototyping and collaboration can trigger change. In January 2016, a DFA NYU  went for a research and prototyping trip to Tripureshwar (Kathmandu, Nepal) in the context of a winning idea that we were piloting with WHR. During that trip, we used a card sorting activity…

DFA National Leadership 2016 and making voting easy and accessible to Americans

DFA’s 6th annual national Leadership Studio in August brought together over 110 DFA student leaders with the support of community members, expert guests and DFA Alumni. The five day conference was packed with stories of leading successful DFA studios and ways design can shape students’ futures. The weekend centered around a two-day design innovation sprint that…

If you have food to share, remember to FREEdge!

The NYU Freedge is an initiative that aims to reduce food insecurity and food wastage on New York University’s campuses led by Simon Chen, Tandon ‘18; Emma Hoffman, Gallatin ‘18; Rodney Lobo, Tandon ‘17;  Vandit Maheshwari, Tandon; Michael Niamehr, Tandon ‘19 and Tuba Naziruddin, Tandon ‘18. This human-centered design project of Design for America-NYU is a smart community refrigerator…