Technology Clinic is a two-semester program in which teams of students from each academic division work together on imaginative solutions to real-world problems for clients.

The students are nominated by professors and former Tech Clinic students and mentored by two faculty facilitators. Project teams are purposely multidisciplinary and include students and faculty mentors from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering. To encourage “out-of-the-box” thinking we have no requirements for prior experience, thus reducing incoming “prejudices” in order to encourage innovative solutions.

Brief History Of the Technology Clinic

The Technology Clinic was started in 1988 by now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Dan Bauer as a continuation of a Sloan Foundation “New Liberal Arts Initiative” grant to encourage the integration of engineering into a liberal arts curriculum. At the conclusion of the grant, the Tech Clinic was founded based upon the concept that problems are best solved by multidisciplinary teams.

Since inception Tech Clinic teams have worked on over 70 different projects for entities as far ranging as local NGOs to multi-national corporations. The very first project in 1988, conducted for the Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation (client contact Don Chubb Lafayette class of 1950), resulted in a debris harvester that is now used worldwide. More recently the social entrepreneurship project on Nutrition in the West Ward done for the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership has morphed into the continuing effort “Veggies in the Community” distributing organically-grown produce to West Ward residents through the summer and fall.

Professor Malinconico (Geology and Environmental Geosciences), the current director of the Clinic, has been involved since the early 90s and took over as director in 2011.