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SP.776 / SP.786 Design for Demining, Spring 2005

Students in the course and a pair of MIT tools.
Students in the course and a pair of MIT tools. (Image by MIT OCW.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of reading assignments in the assignments section. Extensive project information, including student submissions, is also provided in the projects section. The course also features class trip pictures and videos in the class trip section.

Course Description

Humanitarian Demining is the process of detecting, removing and disposing of landmines. Millions of landmines are buried in more than 80 countries resulting in 20,000 civilian victims every year. MIT Design for Demining is a design course that spans the entire product design and development process from identification of needs and idea generation to prototyping and blast testing to manufacture and deployment. Technical, business and customer aspects are addressed. Students learn about demining while they design, develop and deliver devices to aid the demining community. Past students have invented or improved hand tools, protective gear, safety equipment, educational graphics and teaching materials. Some tools designed in previous years are in use worldwide in the thousands. Course work is informed by a class field trip to a US Army base for demining training and guest expert speakers.

This course is sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

Technical Requirements

Media player software, such as QuickTime® Player, RealOne™ Player, or Windows Media® Player, is required to run the .avi and .mpg files in this course.



Mr. Andrew Heafitz
Mr. Benjamin Linder

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate

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