Frugal Innovation Hub

Team and Partners

Frugal Innovation Hub Staff

Meet the Staff Members of the Frugal Innovation Hub.

Dr Silvia Figueira, Directorimage

Dr Silvia Figueira, Director

Dr. Silvia Figueira is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering, as well as Director of the Frugal Innovation Hub.  She creates and executes program strategy for FIH, and guides student projects to successful outcomes with clients.  She is also the faculty lead of the Mobile for Social Benefit Lab.

Allan Baez Morales, Director of Programs and Partnershipsimage

Allan Baez Morales, Director of Programs and Partnerships

Allan focuses on the development of FIH signature programs with university, corporate and social enterprise partners to create opportunities for faculty and students to engage in the development and implementation of humanitarian technology solutions.

Frugal Innovation Hub Faculty Leads

Meet the School of Engineering and other SCU Faculty who make it all happen!

Dr. Hohyun Leeimage

Dr. Hohyun Lee

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Solutions Lab)

Dr. Mark Aschheimimage

Dr. Mark Aschheim

Professor of Civil Engineering (Sustainable Construction Lab)

Dr. Shoba Krishnanimage

Dr. Shoba Krishnan

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (Community Based Projects)

Dr. Unyoung (Ashley) Kimimage

Dr. Unyoung (Ashley) Kim

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering (Global Health Lab)

Dr. Panthea Sepehrbandimage

Dr. Panthea Sepehrband

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Frugal Materials Lab)

Key Partners

We thank our key partner organizations for their constant support to FIH’s work around the world

IEEE Logo TUHH Logo* Engineering World Health Logo
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* See the exchange program partnership for SCU students

Supporters and Collaborators

We thank our supporters, contributors and partner organizations for letting the FIH be part of their humanitarian work

Accenture Logo Action for India Logo AFR Barometer Logo American India Foundation Logo
ASME Logo Benetech Logo  B.O.K. Ranch Logo Catholic Relief Services Logo
Cisco Logo Clinicas del Azucar Logo Community Technology Alliance Logo  Conservation International Logo
Engineering for Change Logo Engineers without Borders Logo  Fundacion Paraguaya Logo GSBI Logo 
Lightyear Capital Logo  Medic Mobile Logo  Nazava Logo  Net Hope Logo 
Qualcomm Logo  Sala Uno Logo  Solar Ear Logo  Sparrow Logo 
Starfish International Logo  The Buturi Project Logo  Village Tech Solutions Logo  Tecnologico de Monterrey Logo 

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