Teresa de Figueiredo
New Classrooms, New York, New York
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, MIT 2017
Undergraduate Researcher, CREATE
I graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in June 2017. While at MIT I focused on international development work through my involvement in D-Lab and CREATE as well as K-12 education outreach in the Boston area through the Society of Women Engineers. After graduation, I combined my passion for education outreach with my technical background and began working at New Classrooms, an EdTech nonprofit.
As an undergrad researcher in CREATE, I collaborated on a literature review that identified methods of evaluating infrastructure investments in public space. In addition to this literature review, I traveled to Durban, South Africa and collaborated with Asiye eTafuleni (AeT) to conduct interviews with various stakeholders including street vendors, marketplace leaders, government officials, NGOs, and academic experts to understand the valuation of public space in the context of Durban, South Africa. This was my first introduction into Participatory Action Research (PAR) which was essential to our work. Throughout the research in South Africa, we made sure apply the concept of PAR to engage with the community and empower the vendors to have ownership over the information and outcomes of the research.