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Researching and writing a thesis (and a blog) in Tanzania

Mechanical Engineering major, Tish Scolnik ’09, is spending this January developing her thesis focused on appropriate technology for the developing world.
Tish Scolnik poses with a folding three-wheeled wheechair prototype.
Tish Scolnik poses with a folding three-wheeled wheechair prototype.
Photo: Beat Mrema

Four-time Public Service Fellowship recipient Tish Scolnik has touched down for the fourth time in Tanzania to continue the work on her small-business wheelchair that has enabled wheelchair-bound individuals to sell their own handiwork, repair shoes, and fix small electrical goods.

Scolnik will be researching and writing her mechanical engineering thesis focused on the dissemination of appropriate technologies in developing countries, field testing the innovative Leveraged Freedom Chair wheelchair she co-developed through the IDEAS Compeition, following-up with the wheelchair small businesses she helped to found, and catching-up with her many friends and collaborators at local wheelchair and disability advocacy organizations.

Follow Scolnik on her blog at

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