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Tonight: Frugal innovation for emerging markets

 

Inexpensive solutions for difficult problems in the world's emerging markets is the subject of this month's Cafe Scientifique, which meets tonight (Tuesday, June 14) at 6 p.m. at SRI International headquarters at Middlefield Road and Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park.

Radha Basu, the Regis and Dianne McKenna professor of science, technology and society at Santa Clara University, will give a talk on "Frugal innovation and engineering for emerging markets."

Ms. Basu is connected with the Frugal Innovation Lab within the Center for Science, Technology and Society. The lab's mission is to create social benefits in developing countries by encouraging innovation in the areas of clean energy, public health and mobile applications.

Ms. Basu is the entrepreneur in residence at the Simmons School of Management, a Boston-based business school for women.

She has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communications from the University of Madras, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of Stanford University's executive management program.

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