Tata Center for Technology and Design

Director: Dr. Robert Stoner | Email | Website

77 Massachusetts Ave. • E19-432 • Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 324-7129

The MIT Tata Center for Technology + Design was founded in 2012 with generous support from the Tata Trusts. The Center’s research and education mission is to develop solutions to challenges facing resource-constrained communities globally, with an initial focus on India.

Center-affiliated Faculty and graduate student Tata Fellows engage in hands-on projects, with an approach that is rigorous and relevant to societal, economic, environmental, and political factors. The Center is proud to partner with its sister-centre, founded in 2014 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

The Tata Center brings together technical, pedagogical, and organizational expertise from across MIT to provide holistic support to more than 40 projects in the developing world.

  • Agriculture Improving food security and the livelihood of the agricultural workforce through technology, systems, and knowledge.
  • Energy Addressing the developing world’s massive disparity in energy demand and availability, from sustainable energy production to isolated power grids.
  • Environment Confronting India’s primary environmental challenges, including waste management, pollution control, and sanitation.
  • Health Developing cost-effective health solutions that can support quality care for large numbers of people with limited resources.
  • Urbanization Providing solutions for housing India’s growing urban population while emphasizing safety and affordability.
  • Water Analyzing water issues and deploying technology to improve availability, delivery, and cleanliness of water throughout India and the developing world.