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Through the Stanford Center for South Asia (CSA) and Stanford Global Studies (SGS), I spent all of last summer as an intern for the Development Support Team (DST) and the Forbes Marshall Company in Pune, India. I lived in Koregaon Park, a rather small neighborhood in Pune, in a Forbes Marshall guesthouse with two other Stanford interns.
My dissertation traces the global circulations of blackface minstrelsy in the nineteenth century, taking the Indian Ocean littoral as a principal site. In support of this project, I am constructing an archive of theatre reviews, theatrical programmes and playbills, and other miscellanea published in nineteenth-century South African and Indian newspapers.
In my time at Stanford, studying a mix of BioEngineering & Electrical Engineering, I put those two interests together by designing and building from a blank slate a low cost, yet high fidelity 3D Bioprinter. A 3D Bioprinter is a 3 axis computer controlled machine that allows one to ‘print’ physiologically, chemically, and micro-geometrically complex three dimensional biological objects.
Thanks to the support of the Center for South Asia, I was able to travel to Ahmedabad this summer and spend three months working at ReMaterials. ReMaterials is a social venture whose aim is to deliver superior roofing to homes in slums and villages across India, replacing corrugated metal roofs with a cheaper, safer alternative.