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Corinthias P.M. Sianipar

Photograph taken in Yokohama (2014)
Born PurworejoW, IndonesiaW
Residence TokyoW, JapanW
Nationality Indonesia
Other names Morgan
Education Institut Teknologi BandungW, Indonesia
Occupation TechnologistW, ScientistW
Known for Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology (DMAT)
Awards The Best Student Paper in Triple-Helix 10th International Conference (2012)

Corinthias P.M. Sianipar is a technologist, particularly in applied sciences as an endorser of Appropriate Technology. As a technologist in applied sciences, he works on his focus on mechanical design, product development, and on appropriate technology especially for community empowerment purposes. He has a unique characteristic by which he always uses a combination of qualitative analysisW and computational modeling/algorithm in making approaches for any project. Prior to working as a technologist, he worked for a big heavy-equipment manufacturer company as product development engineer and mechanical designer. 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 an "appropriate" technology with its technological appropriateness for particular problems in developing countries that do not leave the people behind.

He is known for the Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology (DMAT)[1], the first completely-dedicated methodology for guiding the design process of Appropriate Technologies, as the leader of an international team of collaborators which conducted the development of the DMAT. 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 critically address the idea of technological solution for community empowerment purposes, by which he argued that there are three levels of technological appropriateness: basically-appropriate, environmentally-appropriate, and socially-appropriate. The seven pillars are distinguished into three tangible pillars (technical, economic, and environmental), three intangible ones (cultural, judicial, and political), and an intermediating one (social pillar). Later, the seven pillars become the fundamental understandings of many critical principles in the DMAT.

Selected Journal Articles[edit]


Critical Review[edit]

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

Selected Books & Chapters[edit]

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

Contact and Social Profiles[edit]

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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.