Department of Design
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Phone: +91 361 258 2469
Mail to: sharmistha [at] iitg.ac.in, banerjee.sharmistha [at] gmail.com
Sustainability and Social Innovation Lab - www.sustainability-and-social-innovation.com
Areas of Interest: Design for sustainability, Bio-inspired design, Medical Product Design, Agricultural Product Design
I am an industrial designer with an experience in working in collaborative innovation and sustainable product design. Currently I am working as Assistant Professor at Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. I am also pursuing my part-time PhD at IIT Guwahati. My area of PhD research is Design for Sustainability in the arena of scale-appropriate agricultural equipment design. I did my bachelor in Industrial Design from IIT Guwahati and a master in Integrated Product Design from Technical University of Delft, Netherlands.
I have co-founded the Sustainability and Social Innovation Lab at Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. The lab focusses on creating systems for sustainable human consumption and production through a complete revamp of the consumption structure with our design interventions. We are part of the global network on sustainability, the Learning and Education Network in Sustainability (LeNS) consisting of 150+ global universities. Currently a large part of our sustainable product-service development projects are in the domain of agriculture.
At IIT Guwahati I teach courses like System Design for Sustainability, Usability Engineering, User Research Techniques, Product Detailing, Interaction Design, Design Management, Plastics and composites and Design Semantics. I have also developed a MooC course on System Design for Sustainability which had more than 600 subscribers in the academic year 2018 - 19.
In the past few years, I have worked in India, Bangladesh and Netherlands with companies like Philips, Infosys, MIDCO, VU Medical University Amsterdam, Conpax Verpakking, Beat Belly, Botanische Tuin Delft, ACC Ltd, educational institutes like IIT Guwahati, MIT Institute of Design Pune, IDC, IIT Bombay and L'Ecole de Design (Indian Operations), Nantes-Atlantique, France and NGOs like International Development Enterprise Bangladesh.