Photograph taken in Yokohama (2014)
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Name Dr. Corinthias P. M. Sianipar
Nationality Indonesia
Interests Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology (DMAT)
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Location Kyoto, Japan

Corinthias P. M. Sianipar is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Environmental Science & Technology, Kyoto University, Japan. He has been long known as a technologist and an endorser of Appropriate Technology. In general, he works on his focuses on product innovation in business and entrepreneurship, and on appropriate technology especially for community empowerment and vulnerability eradication purposes. He has been using the combination of computational modeling and qualitative analysisW in establishing approaches for every project he is trusted with. Prior to working as a technologist, he worked for a multinational company as product development engineer. Being a technologist & scientist concerned with some technology-related solutions for vulnerable communities, particularly in developing countries; now he continues his research on the challenge to find an "adequate fit of innovation", which is well targeted through the systemic and systematic implementation of an "appropriate" technology with its technological appropriateness for particular problems in developing countries that do not leave the people behind.

In scholarly communities, he is known as the leader of an international team of collaborators who developed the Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology (DMAT)[1], which is the first completely-dedicated methodology for guiding the design process of Appropriate Technologies. The methodology itself is known for being the first design methodology for humanitarian purposes that formally encode the position of humans as the center of design process, a maxim on which philosophers of design have been calling for years[2]. Before the first release of the DMAT, he also proposed the Seven Pillars of Survivability[3] to address the idea of technological solution for community empowerment purposes, by which he proposed a three-level classification of technological appropriateness (i.e., basically-appropriate, environmentally-appropriate, and socially-appropriate) in details. The seven pillars are distinguished into three tangible (technical, economic, and environmental), three intangible (cultural, judicial, and political), and one intermediating pillar (social pillar). Later, the seven pillars become the fundamental understanding of many core principles in the DMAT.

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The list of selected articles is available on his personal homepage.

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The list of selected books & chapters is available on his homepage.

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  1. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Yudoko, G.; Dowaki, K.; Adhiutama, A. (2013). "Design methodology for Appropriate Technology: Engineering as if people mattered". Sustainability 5 (8): 3382-3425. doi:10.3390/su5083382.
  2. "Communities move to the center of the design process in a newly proposed methodology". Engineering for Change. September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  3. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Dowaki, K.; Yudoko, G.; Adhiutama, A. (2013). "Seven pillars of survivability: Appropriate Technology with a human face". European Journal of Sustainable Development 2 (4): 1-18.