GW Law Alumna Supports STEM Students Designing A Better World

Sharon Crane recently traveled to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi to see first-hand the impact of her pro bono client’s innovation.

August 30, 2023

Sharon Crane

Sharon Crane

Sharon Crane, Ph.D. ’94, recently traveled to Malawi with her pro bono client, The Pennington School, a preparatory school in New Jersey for whom she has filed a utility and design patent for an invention that can improve the lives of girls and women at a refugee camp.

The lack of sanitary products in developing countries is a major reason girls have to leave school when they reach puberty. Crane, a partner at law firm Rothwell Figg, filed a utility and a design patent for a semi-reusable menstrual pad for the girls and women at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp designed by Women in STEM Solving Problems (WISSP) from the Pennington School.

A separate group from the Pennington School designed a sturdy classroom desk for the crowded classrooms at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. The desks can be economically made from a simple design in a nearby factory and give students a place to sit and work instead of the damp, concrete floor. Through monetary donations from the firm and a matching donation from Crane, they were able to fill a classroom with desks.