Ta Corrales is a Mechanical Engineer from Heredia, Costa Rica. She has worked on design for development in innovation ecosystems in 13 countries, on projects that include multi-crop threshers for small scale farmers in Tanzania with MIT D-Lab, a cleaning tool for rural health centers in India in IDDS Aarogyam, a hemiplegia conversion kit for wheelchairs in Guatemala in collaboration with the Transitions Foundation, among others. She holds 2 publications and a patent resulting from her scientific research in the energy sector, studying the pyrolysis of agricultural waste for fuel generation with MIT D-Lab Biomass Fuel and Cookstoves Research Group, developing catalysts for electrolysis-assisted hydrogen generation with the Urakawa Group at ICIQ, and developing MOFs with the MIT Dinca Lab. She’s enthusiastic about disseminating knowledge through educational experiences, and has taught workshops on design and innovation in the United States, Israel, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Mexico, Brazil and El Salvador. Her favorite machines are wheelchairs and bicycles.
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