D-Lab II: Design, Build, and Test

Class Code  and CRN: ABT 289A-002

CRN: 50534

Units: 3 (4 with consent of Instructor)
Instructor: Dr. Kurt Kornbluth
Meeting Times: MW 10:00 - 11:50 AM, with recommended 9-10AM prep hour
Location: 1605 Tilia St., UCD Student Farm Shop
Prerequisite Engineering, fabrication, or design experience required

Graduate students and upper division undergraduates with Instructor's approval

Contact: Abigail Edwards (amedwards@ucdavis.edu)

Course Materials

Course Description:

D-Lab II, Designing for the Market, is a studio-style class focusing on design approaches to overcome the barriers for the dissemination of energy technologies appropriate for the developing world. Student teams work with local partners and mentors, to design, prototype, and test scalable solutions for real world energy problems for their client communities. Collaboration with UCD faculty mentors, private sector experts, non-governmental organizations, and partner communities will serve to provide student teams with context and direction.

Practical labs, case studies, and guest speakers will focus on user-centered and market-based design approaches. Students will form design focus groups to design, prototype, and test scalable solutions for their clients. Deliverables include a working prototype, 2 design reviews, and design notebook as a deliverable.

Current and past D-Lab projects can be seen HERE.


Readings will be posted on Canvas or as links in syllabus

Course Website: I use the course’s Canvas site to post all course information, including reading, assignments, and powerpoints. Look under resources.

All assignments will be turned in as hard copies to the class period they are due. Late work will not be accepted without prior arrangements.

 Attendance policy

Since a significant portion of the activities occur in class, attendance is mandatory. Only one unexcused absence is allowed. An unexcused absence is one without prior arrangements or valid explanation/documentation. Grades will be lowered for each absence. If taking the course pass/fail 3 unexcused absences will result in a fail.


Attendance and punctuality are mandatory (you are only allowed 1 unexcused absence), furthermore, it is a class where your work has the potential to impact the lives of people around the world and we expect an appropriate level of commitment.

Class participation, attendance: 25%

Homework assignments, labs: 25%

Design reviews: 20%

Design Notebook, Video: 30%

Lab write-ups

To receive full credit labs are to be written up and turned in (hard copy) 1 week after the lab.

Students In Action: