Funding, Publications and Awards


International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering (IJSLE) CASE Award: $1,000
Clinton Global Initiative University Program, Outstanding Commitment Award, $4,000


Brown, A., Garguilo, S., Prindible, M., Mehta, K. “Relationships between microfinance, solidarity groups, and informal lending: the importance of trust and social capital”, Presentation at Entrepreneurship in Africa Conference, Syracuse University, April 1-3 2010; Publication in Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship forthcoming

Stepler, R., Garguilo., S., Mehta, K., Bilen, S., “Applying systems thinking for realizing the mission of technology-based social ventures in Africa”, Systems Engineering Division, 2010 ASEE Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky

Garguilo. S., Prindible. M., Okello. A., Mehta., K., “Labor hiring practices and produce supply chains in rural Kenya: the case for WishVast networking”, International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship , Spring 2010

Mehta, K., Semali, L. “WishVast: Buiding Trust and Social Capital using Cellphones”, First International Symposium on Intelligent Mobile Technologies for Social Change (IMT4SC'09), Mragowo, Poland, October 2009

Mehta, K., Semali, L., Maretzki, A., Findeis, J., Kuldau, G., Willyerd, K., "Cellphones and Social Networks: Defining new opportunities and discovering champions for entrepreneurial ventures in developing communities", NCIIA Annual Meeting, Washington DC, March 2009


British Airways: Face of Opportunity 2011 Winner

NCIIA: Recipient of NCIIA award and grant

"Labor hiring practices and produce supply chains in rural Kenya: the case for WishVast networking" won the First Place at the Undergraduate Research Essay Competition sponsored by the Africana Research Center at Penn State.