An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India

I majored in Product Design. I then went on to do the Biodesign Fellowship, a MedTech entrepreneurship fellowship at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.


Operating at the intersection of people, technology and business, I have worked on projects ranging from simple agricultural tools to solving complex systemic problems like monitoring pregnancies for safer childbirth. 

I see my role as that of a problem solver, one that steps in to simplify available information, decode user-behaviour and build solutions in collaboration with diverse disciplines. I am the ‘mutant’ in most teams who sometimes adapts to learn new things and other times rises to the occasion to connect the missing links.

Heyya!

A graduate student at OCAD University, Toronto I am exploring emerging technologies and its future in the Digital Futures M.Des program. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India I majored in Product Design. I then went on to do the Biodesign Fellowship, a MedTech entrepreneurship program at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Operating at the intersection of people, technology and business, my work ranges from designing simple agricultural tools to solving complex systemic problems like health-care technology for resource poor settings. 

Heyya!

My earliest childhood memories are of me scribbling mountains with my grandmother. Now every time I doodle I am drawn back to those wonder-filled afternoons making me feel more like a five-year old now than I ever filling me with a child-like wonder. From working in a young healthcare startup to teaming up with OpenIDEO for global design challenges it is this child-like wonder that has 'un-shaped' me into a Design Mutant, curious to take up new challenges and wear different hats to fills the gaps.

I see my role as that of a problem solver, one who steps in to simplify available information, decode user-behaviour and brings method to madness. 

I enjoy being the occasional fly-on-the-wall observing people in their element. 

When I am not working you can find me reading, doodling, binge-watching, obsessively cleaning or making paper-planes.

/ MY ANIMAL

Monkeys: I enjoy hanging out in groups & get most of my ideas from fun conversations. Oh also, I love bananas with peanut butter.

/ PERSONAL MISSION

How might we make technology more human and delightful, to solve for people’s unmet needs?

/ INSPIRATIONS

Naoto Fukasawa | Jane Fulton Suri | Dieter Rams | R.K. Laxman & the people around me!

/ BOOK SHARE

Naoto Fukasawa, the book.

It was my first introduction to the hidden philosophy & poetry of Design.

/ EDUCATION

OCAD University

Toronto, Canada

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M.Des Digital Futures
September 2019 - May 2021

National Institute of Design

Ahmedabad, India

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B.Des Product Design
June 2011 - January 2016

​Glasgow School of Arts

Scotland, UK

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Student Exchange Program
January 2014 - March 2014

/ WORK EXPERIENCE

Graduate Research Assistant

Social Body Lab, OCAD University

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February 2020 – Present

Research work under Kate Hartman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Alumni Relations Assistant

Development & Alumni Relations,

OCAD University

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October 2019 - Present
Supports the work of the Alumni Officer, Annual and Leadership Giving as pertains to alumni relations initiatives, including alumni engagement events preparation/execution, alumni mailings and evites as well as helping with regular alumni database updates to keep alumni information current and accurate.

Representative, Graduate Student Caucus

OCAD University

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October 2019 - Present
Representing and reiterating the needs of the Digital Futures program to the Student Union.

OpenIDEO Global Community Fellow

IDEO, San Francisco (contract)

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January 2019 – December 2019

Community Fellows embed for one year with the OpenIDEO team to co-create and implement program strategies to guide innovators through the design thinking process while equipping them with resources such as funding and mentorship to deepen the long-term
impact of their solutions.

I worked on OpenIDEO’s Gates Vaccine
Challenge
, Gavi Immunization Challenge and UCB Healthy Bones Challenge
, managing innovative communities and supporting challenge outcomes.

Senior Product Designer

Brun Health Private Limited, New Delhi

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January 2017 – Present
As a core team member in this healthcare startup, I managed a diverse portfolio of Industrial Design, UI/UX, packaging, and graphics focussed on medical electronics and web-connected solutions primarily in areas of pregnancy care and monitoring, wound dressing and eye-care.

Represented and won awards like iSHOW ASME 2018 and Singularity U.

Biodesign Fellow

School of International Biodesign, All India institute of Medical Sciences
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January - December 2016
A Department of Biotechnology (GoI) funded Medtech innovation fellowship in collaboration with AIIMS, IIT-Delhi, and QUT, Australia

Centred on finding unmet clinical needs through the biodesign process and designing innovative solutions with an interdisciplinary team. Areas of work included eye care and stroke rehabilitation.

/ SPECIAL MENTIONS

Patent: Ocular Screening
Co-inventor

Pub. no. WO/2018/100589, PCT/IN2017/050561

Designing for Comprehensive Healthcare: A ground zero study and system

synthesis from India

Co-author

RSD7, The 7th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, 2018

Access to Electricity-A Case Study for a Decentralized People-Centric Energy

model for India

Co-author

RSD7, The 7th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, 2018

InterCARE: A Cloud Computing Patient Care System
Co-author

In proceedings; IndiaHCI Conference 2014 (ACM Digital Library)

When I was an OpenIDEO Community Prototyper...
OpenIDEO NIKE Grind Challenge

Guided challenge teams in prototyping concepts

Global Community Fellow, OpenIDEO
A year long fellowship

My story in 4 Collaborative Design Tips from OpenIDEO’s Community Fellows

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