Development Engineering

About Development Engineering

Development Engineering is a new global problem solving discipline incubated at UC Berkeley.  The discipline integrates engineering, economics, business, natural resource development, and social sciences to develop technological interventions that address the needs of low-income communities around the world.

Development Engineering is administered by the Blum Center and offered by the Graduate Group in Development Engineering, a 30-member faculty coalition who hail from over a dozen schools and departments.

Currently, students may pursue the:

A three-semester, 15-month professional training program for careers in social impact, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability

A PhD minor for UC Berkeley doctoral students from any department whose dissertation research includes topics related to the application of technology to address the needs of people living in poverty 

Blum Center for Developing Economies
The University of California, Berkeley
Blum Hall, #5570
Berkeley, CA 94720-5570
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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship