Design education strategist Akshay Sharma

Designing empowerment

Akshay Sharma, was most recently an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Virginia Tech and is passionate about using design as a catalyst for the empowerment of women. He has designed financial literacy education system for women who can not read or write and created cell phone based information management system for maintaining immunization records for developing countries He obtained his B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and his Master of Science in Design from Arizona State University. 

He has been involved in conducting research on Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid and has worked with students at Virginia Tech to develop solutions that are being used by seven organizations in India,Uganda, Malaysia and Bangladesh. His website encompasses projects focused on financial literacy, collective learning environments using affordable digital technologies, and language independent, scalable instruction systems for descriptive geometry.

He can’t sleep at night because of the kind of world we are creating for our future generations and wants

to change that, through design and education.

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