In my junior year at Michigan I decided to join an engineering project team known as BLUElab Thailand – an organization that focuses on human centered design and sustainable development. Throughout the school year project team members met on a weekly basis to prepare for our needs assessment trip by conducting background research of the specific region and understanding various components of design ethnography.
The BLUElab Thailand team was established in Spring of 2016, where a group of students traveled to Thailand and formed partnerships with Chiang Mai University’s to identify the needs of a target community. In this case Mae Chan village – a district in Chiang Rai, was selected due its proximity to Chiang Mai and the community leaders’ positive response to Dr.Paskorn’s work on flash flood detection system throughout the region.
After meeting up with Dr.Paskorn and his team of grad students at OASYS lab (Optimization Theory…
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