Victor Grau Serrat currently co-directs D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an interdisciplinary program that educates, inspires, creates technologies and helps people lift themselves out of poverty. D-Lab excels at hands-on and experiential learning, community-driven innovation and unleashing creativity to tackle issues of global poverty. Alongside the program founder, Victor is leading the program through years of exponential growth in academic offerings, student enrollment, staffing and fieldwork interventions. Over the years, Victor has co-taught a variety of D-Lab courses:
- D-Lab: Development: Flagship survey class on affordable simple technologies for development, offering students the opportunity to travel to a developing country for a month.
- D-Lab: Design: User-centered design studio that addresses problems faced by underserved communities with a focus on design, experimentation, and prototyping processes.
- D-Lab: Discovery: Freshman seminar that explores creativity, problem solving and prototyping skills with international development as the backdrop.
- D-Lab: ICT: Hands-on engineering lab that explores the use of Information and Communication Technologies to address specific needs in developing countries with a focus on appropriateness, transferability, and long-term sustainability.
Before joining D-Lab, Victor was involved in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures, from manufacturing and marketing low-cost biodigestors in Honduras, to an Internet startup that offers online geographically-aware planning services, Wheriz, to developing a proof-of-concept flash-based online advertising platform at Perogo.
In 2004, Victor joined as its first full-time employee MIT Media Lab spin-off First Mile Solutions, later acquired by United Villages, developing a proprietary store-and-forward drive-by infrastructure to provide Internet access to off-grid remote villages in developing countries. He led the company deployments on the ground in Cambodia, Rwanda, India and Paraguay. Prior to that, Victor started as a programmer working on electronic medical records for clinics in Haiti and Peru at Partners In Health (PIH) in Boston, MA.