Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering

The Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering (DE in Dev Eng) is a new, interdisciplinary “PhD Minor” for UC Berkeley doctoral students whose dissertation research includes topics related to the application of technology to address the needs of people living in poverty. Through coursework, research mentoring, and professional development, the program prepares students to develop, pilot, and evaluate technological interventions designed to improve human and economic development within complex, low-resource settings. The DE in Dev Eng serves students across engineering disciplines, quantitative social science disciplines (including public health), business programs, information sciences, and natural sciences. The program builds upon ongoing research in technological innovations, human-centered design, development economics, remote sensing and monitoring, data science, and impact analysis at UC Berkeley. The program is overseen by the Graduate Group in Development Engineering, administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and affiliated with:

This constellation of affiliates – through DIL – is a cornerstone partner in USAID’s Global Development Lab. As such, Dev Eng students are connected to an ecosystem of researchers and practitioners at Berkeley and also have access to a dynamic global network.

For additional information, visit the Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering website at

Fall 2016 courses can be found here.

Contact Information

Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO)
Shelley Okimoto
750 Davis Hall

For initial inquiries about the Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering and about the field in general, students can contact the Development Impact Lab (DIL) staff at for more information over email, phone or an in person meeting.

Development Engineering Programs

Research in Action Speaker Series

The Development Engineering: Research in Action Lecture Series will explore and examine current efforts to promote the sustainable development of agriculture, public health, education, and engineering in emerging regions.