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Nicole Adler's (MDE '19) Top-Yard is Making News

September 21, 2021


Top-Yard, a startup from Nicole Adler (MDE '19), is a turnkey solution to transform a drab, unsafe roof into a livable urban oasis. The startup has developed an easy-install modular roof deck kit-of-parts (with add-ons such as for solar, organics, and water capture) and bundled it with a streamlined implementation process, to make the process as simple as possible for building owners. Ultimately, Top-Yard aims to be the platform for reinvention of the roofscape.

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Cave Diver Game

Students use nanotechnology to create a novel, aquatic-themed board game

June 21, 2021


Students used nanotechnology to create a novel, aquatic-themed board game called Cave Diver. The Cave Diver team, comprised of Aaron Appleton (M.Ed. ’21), Danielle Davis (A.B. ’21), Mike Deloge (M.Des. ’22), and Doria Spiegel (MDE ’22), focused their game around inverse opals, which are nanostructured porous materials that refract light to create structural color.

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Nupur Gurjar Painting

Students in Dialogue: A conversation with MDE candidate Nupur Gurjar

April 14, 2021

What is it like to be a Master in Design Engineering student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design? In this series of candid conversations between students, Tomi Laja (MArch II ’22) speaks with Nupur Gurjar (MDE ’21) about her journey from an architect and set designer in India to a student at the GSD, taking courses at Harvard Law, Kennedy, and Business Schools, and career paths in MDE.

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SEC Complex

Science and Engineering Complex named one of the world’s healthiest lab buildings

March 17, 2021

Harvard University’s Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) has been certified by two international building certification programs as one of the healthiest, most sustainable, and energy-efficient laboratories in the world. Starting in fall 2021, the MDE studio space will be located in this complex.

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Naya Studio Furniture

These Harvard grads want to turn your doodles into gorgeous custom furniture

December 10, 2020

Naya Studio, a startup created by Saad Rajan (MDE '19) and Vivek Hv (MDE '19), uses artificial intelligence to turn client ideas into real products. The startup grew out of the duo's Independent Design Engineering Project in the MDE program.

Read more in Fast Company's December article: https://www.fastcompany.com/90584520/these-harvard-grads-want-to-turn-your-doodles-into-gorgeous-custom-furniture

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Hyka Therapeutics

Harvard startup uses technology to enhance treatments for depression

August 26, 2020

Hyka Therapeutics, a startup created by Jeronimo Beccar (MDE '19), uses technology to enhance treatments for depression. The startup grew out of Jeronimo's Independent Design Engineering Project in the MDE program.

Read more in the Harvard SEAS article: https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2020/08/finding-patterns-behavior-personalize-care 

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foresight prototype

Improving assistive technology - Students design robotic wearable to empower the visually impaired

July 27, 2020

The student team of Ed Bayes (MDE '21), Nick Collins (MDE '22), Anirban Ghosh (MDE '21), and Milan Wilborn (Ph.D. SEAS) won the Harvard Innovation Lab Ingenuity Award Grand Prize for a GSD student project called Foresight, a soft robotic wearable navigation device that helps people with visual impairment feel the environment around them.

Read more in the SEAS article: https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2020/07/improving-assistive-technology 

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