Over my 20+ years of teaching, my students have worked on a wide array of projects, with a particular focus on socially-aware design, sustainability, international and corporate collaborations, and deep understanding of who they are designing for.
Done in collaboration with the global bike company, Specialized Bicycles, this project explored how to improve the lives of people in a rural area of Cameroon. This resulted in a wheeled/portable basket that dramatically improved their capacity to bring goods from field to market, and do so in a way that was more comfortable and convenient (especially for the women who often had this task). Prototypes were developed in the US with input from Specialized' designers, and then students visited Cameroon to meet the users and construct, test and refine the prototypes.
A fully-functional, solar-powered bus stop for San Jose. It increased lighting on city streets, provided a means to charge electronics, and a safe place to wait for a bus or taxi or friends.