Brown University School of Engineering

Dourdeville Lecture

About the Lecture

Established in 2015, the Dana M. Dourdeville Lecture on Engineering in Service to Society aims to bring high-profile speakers to campus whose career and impact embody the spirit of engineering in service to society. The speakers should inspire students to see the engineering discipline as one having an impact on society that is both profound and transformative. 

Manu Prakash
Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Stanford University


November 19, 2019 at 5 pm
Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001
79 Waterman St.

Frugal Science
Improving accessibility to science through low-cost technology

Thinking about cost as an engineering constraint brings new life to ideas. This is what makes the difference between an idea influencing a hundred people or a billion. As engineers, we make stuff. We use these skills to design solutions for extremely resource-constrained settings. Join Professor Manu Prakash as he discusses low-cost technology solutions to difficult problems in global health, science education, and ecological surveillance.

An associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, Manu Prakash works at the molecular scale to try and understand how the world really works and is humbled and inspired by nature’s own solutions to the world’s biggest problems. His lab applies techniques derived from soft-condensed matter physics, fluid dynamics, computer science, and bioengineering to study the structure and function of biological entities. He is best known for his Foldscope and Paperfuge. Prakash received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2016. He and his team are also working on a water droplet based computer. His work focuses on frugal innovation that makes medicine, computing and microscopy accessible to more people across the world. 

Register Now