Engineering 39D (2 units)


Designing Technology for Girls and Women


Alice Agogino, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Jennifer Mankoff, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

3116 Etcheverry Hall; Time, 3-5:00 pm Th


This Freshman Seminar will cover gender issues associated with new product development from a human-centered design perspective. Students will learn to apply state-of-the-art information technology and new tools in product development to tackle and design solutions to crucial societal problems.

The problems and the populations the class serves will be determined by the and instructors during the first two weeks of class, but could include problems in energy, health care, education, transportation, underserved community groups, and the environment. This class will work closely with the Institute of Women and Technology ( and supporting companies in the SF Bay area. The mission of IWT is to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women.