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2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Manisha Mohan. I have experienced sexual assault and harassment in public and academic spaces back home in India. While I was coming to United States I felt I would be safe but unfortunately, it was getting worse here as well. People were facing similar challenges at work place. As a graduate student at MIT I started looking at technological interventions which can address gender biases and violence against victims of sexual assault. I deviced technology which can educate, detect, communicate, document and deter sexual assault.


About the Speaker

Manisha Mohan

Manisha Mohan

Manisha Mohan is a second-year master’s student in the Living Mobile group at the MIT Media Lab. Her research interests include wearable technology for safety and security and biomaterials science for wearables. Her work lives at the intersection of social issues and engineering, with a specific focus on technologies that can create positive impact in people’s lives and the environment. Her thesis research explores on-body safety via the seamless integration of wearables into users’ existing clothing. The research currently focuses on three specific groups: infants and toddlers, college students, and the elderly and disabled.

Prior to joining the Media Lab, Manisha worked at the Production Technology Center in Sweden, where her work was related to tribology (thermal barrier coatings). Her past work also includes microfabrication, inclusive design, and automotive structural design and engineering. Manisha received her bachelor’s degree in automobile engineering from SRM, Chennai, India, where in 2014 she was one of five Presidential Fellows.