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Blum Center Information and Resources Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and well-being of students is our first priority. Based on UC guidance and recent advisories from the CDC, UC Davis has decided to suspend the Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) undergraduate grant program for Summer 2020. We are communicating directly with students on updates so that they can plan for other programs or opportunities. See current information, next steps, and resources.

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In D-Lab, students gain a greater understanding of global challenges in need of solutions. They will collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams to meet the satisfaction of a real client.

Cross-disciplinary student teams work with international community partners to perform feasibility studies and create prototypes using technical, social, environmental, and financial lenses. Practical labs, case studies, and guest speakers will focus on user-centered and market-based design approaches.

D-Lab offers three courses bringing students from different academic backgrounds together to work towards a solution in four different areas:

  • Off-grid lighting and micro-power
  • Agriculture (pumping, irrigation, post-harvest)
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency

As developing countries grow and expand, low-cost, clean energy technologies are vital in improving quality of life and public health. UC Davis D-Lab addresses energy security, environmental degradation, and public health concerns through sustainable engineering efforts, led by student teams for real clients. Visit our Project Archive for a complete list of past D-Lab projects.