GEAR Center Researchers

Center Director

Amos Winter’s research and teaching focuses on the marriage of mechanical design theory and user-centered product design to create simple, elegant technological solutions for use in highly constrained environments.

Center Faculty

Gabriella Carolini’s research and teaching are centered on providing a grounded critical analysis of how the governance of infrastructure development—including its financial architecture, implementation, and especially evaluation—shapes the distributional, procedural, and epistemic fairness of infrastructure projects, their benefits, and the health of urban communities across the Americas and Africa.

Hugh Herr’s K. Lisa Yang Center for Bionics is working with GEAR Center to realize high-performance, low-cost, passive prosthetic feet together for both developing and developed countries.

Center Scientist

Bryony Dupont is spearheading new research initiatives in Decarbonization and Renewable Energy Systems at a global scale, focusing on hardware-based solutions for low-and middle-income areas and those communities most impacted by the climate crisis.

Hock E. Tan Fellows

Hock E. Tan Fellow

Duncan Lee works on improving understanding of the gait and joint mechanics of people with amputation, and applying this knowledge to better design prosthetic foot-ankle devices.

Hock E. Tan Fellow

Benjamin Weizer is developing cost-effective, off-grid desalination and drip irrigation systems for water-scarce markets, utilizing unique market insights and concurrent design to access unconventional water sources for agriculture.

Graduate Students

Melissa Brei works on designing and testing small-scale desalination systems for resource-constrained communities around the world.

Jeffrey Costello is researching the design and construction of municipal-sized desalination systems for the US southwest.

Autumn Geil works on the optimization of passive prosthetic feet for both developed and emerging markets.