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M. Serge ROHMER

Associate Professor

Contact details

Address
UTT, 12 rue Marie Curie, CS42060, F-10004 TROYES cedex, FRANCE
Phone
+33 3 25 71 56 32
Email
serge.rohmer@utt.fr

RESEARCH TOPIC = Frugal Innovation

Integration of environmental, economical and socio-cultural considerations in the design process of products.
The early design phases are especially studied to identify the levers and the locks for DfS (Design for Sustainability).
Frugal innovation is the current research investigation.
2 current PhD Students on Frugal Innovation.

KEYWORDS = Strong Sustainability, Ecodesign, Frugal / Grassroots  Innovation, DfS, BoP.

 

SOME EXPERIMENTATIONS

Frugal engineering in Togo (2019-2022)

Scientific and pedagogical project to understand grassroots innovation.
For a donation, go to https://www-fondation.utt.fr/don/ , choose "international" thema.
Trailer and Local TV news of the project

Scientific objective : understand the appropriation of  technologies (construction, use, maintenance, dissemination) by the inhabitants of a territory under strong constraints (material, infrastructure, economic, ...). Identify the factors influencing decision-making, and how ecofriendly are the solutions.
 



Frugal engineering challenge (dec.2019)

3 days to design a mechanical agricultural system based on Frugal Engineering principles.
Constraints and means = 0 euro + standard tools + area for construction + car for the mobility and transportation of materials.
Scientific objective : observe new behaviors in the design process under extreme constraints (budget, time, resources, skills, ...). Based on the observations, the idea is to understand how constraints can influence decision making, and how eco-friendly is the result, both from the process design point of view and the final product. A comparison with a more formal process can be made in order to define the (dis)advantages of such approach.
A similar exercice is done with groups of engineer students at UTT (1 group creates, 1 group obersves), "speed creativity" = 1 hour to create a demonstrator with materials available on a table. A mutual evaluation is done to assess the desin process and the observation process.

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CURIE Awards  (dec.2019), Serge Rohmer is finalist

3 minutes to present the DRAIN & BRAIN project in front of 500 members of the CURIE network (valorisation of public research in France).
The project consists in co-designing frugal technologies with african partners in rural areas (farms in Togo).
Feedback of the Awards (June 3rd) https://twitter.com/congrescurie

 

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"Frugal Innovation" in Mozambic at Eduardo Mondlane University (March 2019)

The students of the environmental Engineering Bachelor at EMU took part in a debate with Serge Rohmer.
Thema "From Ecodesign to Frugal Innovation" or how to generate value in an environment under extreme constraints. 



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A Dew and RAIN (DRAIN) harvesting system developped at UTT

As part of the Solar Tears project, a scientist study of the Warka Water Tower demonstrate the need to design a much more simplified system taking into account the product's life cycle. The challenge of the tower leads us to propose an ultra simplified system that is assembled in 20 minutes by 1 single person. The system is shaped like a teepee, it can collect rainwater with side sails and a canopy, and dew (sail inclined at 30° for the canopy). To know more http://solartears.utt.fr
Scientific objective : experimental understanding of the design process under extreme constraints

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Exciting meeting with Senamé KOFFI (architect in Togo)

Sénamé KOFFI is the founder of the WOELAB and the African of Architecture. He is experimenting with open and interconnected places for the population to create collaborative urban projects leading to the creation of startups. He presents himself as an activist who helps the reconquest of African cities by the inhabitants by reclaiming te local history and culture.
During his visit, he visited UTT platforms (Ecocloud, Livin lab, ...). 

https://www.lafricainedarchitecture.com/
https://www.woelabo.com
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Construction of a copy of the Warka Water tower (August 2018)

Construction of a 2/3 copy of a Warka Water tower as part of the Solartears research project. The tower is tested for the resistance to wind and rain. Groups of students work to increase the dew collector (for countruies with favorable athmosphere).
 

Series of outstanding lectures by Prof. Anil Kumar GUPTA on Grassroots Innovation (Dec. 2017)

CREIDD had the honor to welcome Pr. Anil Kumar GUPTA (IIMA, Honey Bee Network) from Nov. 27th to Dec 06th.

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TEACHING

My teaching activities concern the (re)design of product/process with environmental considerations for the Engineer degree (mechanical and industrial systems) and Master degree (Sustainable Development).

Courses at UTT, in charge of

From 1994 « Value Management / Functional Analysis » (in French and in English) (6 ECTS credits)
From 2012 « Eco-design » (6 ECTS credits)
From 2008 « Life Cycle Analysis of materials » (6 ECTS credits)

Other courses at UTT

From 2012 « Systemic Approach » (6 ECTS credits)
From 2012 “Basics of environment” (4 ECTS credits)
From 2015 “Design” (4 ECTS credits)

Elearning course at UTT: From 2018 « Creativity – Problem solving”, 4 ECTS credits

Course at EPF / Yschools, France: From 2016 “Ecodesign” for Master “Innovation, Creation, Entrepreneurship”

Course at University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique: From 2019 “Value Analysis/ Functional Analysis” for Master “ Hygiene, Safety, Environment”