CASSAVA (2013)

Brief: Where do we find and how can we exploit a design opportunity around cassava — one of the most ubiquitous and important calorie sources for Sub-Saharan Africa?

Time: 15 weeks

Team: 21 Yale students with diverse backgrounds

Role: Teaching Fellow

Class: Mechanical Engineering 491: Appropriate Technology for the
Developing World with support from: The Yale CEID

McCurdy served as Teaching Fellow while still an undergraduate after taking the class in the year prior. She facilitated the design process of a diverse team to develop a smallholder-farmer scale processing solution for cassava (which toxifies rapidly after being harvested unless properly processed).