----Education----

PhD, MS Mechanical Engineering (2016)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation: Characterizing the application of design ethnography techniques to improve novice human-centered design processes

Rackham Certificate in Engineering Education

BS Mechanical Engineering (2011)

University of Texas at Austin

Graduate with Honors & Special Honors

Minor: Italian Language

----Work Experience----

University of Michigan

Post-doctoral researcher

May 2016 – present

Design of task-shifting medical devices for the insertion and removal of subcutaneous contraceptive implants.

Pursuing design, development, and commercialization of medical devices to assist community healthcare workers in the insertion and removal of subcutaneous contraceptive implants.

University of Michigan

PhD Candidate

May 2011 – May 2016

Design ethnography use in low-resource medical device design.

Performed research into how design ethnography can be better utilized to design medical devices for low- and middle-income countries using case studies and novice/expert studies.

University of Texas

Undergraduate researcher

May 2010 – May 2011

Biomass briquettes for rural cook stoves in low-resource settings.

Explored potential for using sawmill waste as alternative energy source for low-resource settings. Characterized combustion and durability properties of sawdust briquettes to determine viability as energy source. Basis for undergraduate honors thesis.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate researcher

Summer 2010

Atomistic simulations of biomimetic materials.

Determined the effect of structural characteristics on elasticity and strength of biologically inspired materials. Developed models of diatom shells (algae with rigid shell) and performed atomistic simulations.

University of Texas

Undergraduate researcher

Oct 2008 – May 2011

Corrosion of steel rebar in reinforced concrete.

Determined the potential of novel fiber optic strain gauges for the measurement of corrosion of rebar in concrete structures.

----Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship----

Sankalp Africa Summit [February 2018]

        Presented at a private investors showcase during Sankalp Summit and participated in a demo pavilion for global health hardware.

GE Healthymagination Accelerator [July 2017 – February 2018]

        Participated in a six month accelerator hosted by GE and run through the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship to further our business model, financial model, pitch, and commercialization efforts.

VentureWell E-Team: Stage II Workshop [January 2017]

        Attended VentureWell workshop aimed at developing a sustainable business model, business model canvas, and assessing commercialization potential.

Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference [April 2017]

        Presented SubQ Assist at the Social Impact Labs & GHIC Innovation Prize. SubQ Assist won 1st place for the GHIC Innovation Prize [$10,000].

WHO Global Medical Devices Forum [May 2017]

        Presented multiple posters at the forum. See detailed poster citations above [poster presentations].

Africa Health Business Symposium [November 2017]

        Presented SubQ Assist as part of the Innovation Showcase in Dakar, Senegal. Invited to showcase by the Every Woman Every Child Foundation.

Development XChange [June 2016]

        Presented at the Development XChange in Washington DC as a Saving Lives at Birth Awardee.

VentureWell Open Minds Conference [March 2016]

        Presented SubQ Assist at the Open Minds Showcase and participated in marketing and pitch presentation workshops during conference.

Xcelerator Training Workshop for Maternal and Newborn Health Innovators, [February 2016]

        Attended accelerator in Rwanda aimed at understanding complexities associated with global health commercialization and low- and middle-income market dynamics.

VentureWell E-Team: Stage I Workshop [July 2015]

        Attended VentureWell workshop aimed at better defining value proposition, customer requirements, and market demand.

Development XChange [June 2015]

        Presented at the Development XChange in Washington DC to compete for and obtain a Saving Lives at Birth Seed Grant.

----Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Patents----

----Funded Grants----

Grand Challenges Canada: Transition to Scale ($109,000)

MiTRACK ($81,000)

Saving Lives at Birth ($273,000)

VentureWell E-Team: Stage I & II ($5,000 & $20,000)

NSF: Research Initiation Grant in Engineering Education ($150,000)

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching: Investigating Student Learning Grant ($8,000)

Pilot Grant for Research Driven Student Design ($20,000)

----Management & Mentorship----

Global Health Design Internship (May 2016 –August 2016)

Graduate Student Instructor (Fall 2015)

Capstone Design Team Sponsor (Fall 2011 – present)

Multidisciplinary Design Team Mentor (December 2013 – May 2015)

Undergraduate Research Supervisor (September 2012 – present)

Consultant for Insitu Center for Socially Engaged Design (September 2014 – present)

----Service----

Reviewer for:

ASEE Student Chapter Webmaster: Developed workshops to train undergraduate students in key software skills (Fall 2013 – May 2016)

Engineering Graduate Symposium Committee Member: Coordinated activities for visiting undergraduate students aimed at increasing diversity (Fall 2011 & 2012)

826Michigan Volunteer: Weekly tutoring for students from elementary to high school in science and mathematics (August 2011 – August 2012)

SEEK Volunteer: Weekly tutoring and mentoring of middle school students in mathematics concepts and science (January 2011 – May 2011)

Engineers Without Borders: Worked on the design of piping and pumping system for an all-girls school in Limbe, Cameroon. Developed instructional materials for computer/internet use for a rural community in Northern Mexico (September 2007 – May 2011)

----Publications----

Journal Publications:

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., Sienko, K. H., Huynh, L., Cravens, G., (in review) “Novice to informed designer’s stakeholder interviewing practices during requirements elicitation.” Design Studies.

Mohedas, I., Sienko, K. H., Daly, S. R., Cravens, G., (in review) “Student approaches to stakeholder interactions during design: factors affecting the utility of stakeholder interactions.” Journal of Engineering Education.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2016). Characterizing novice use of design ethnography utilizing skill acquisition and learning theories. International Journal of Engineering Education. 32(3B), 1364-1371. Also presented at Mudd Design Workshop, Claremont, CA, May 19th, 2015.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Requirements development: approaches and behaviors of novice designers. Journal of Mechanical Design. 137(7), 071407-1 – 071407-10.

Mohedas, I., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Bertch, C., Franklin, A., Joyce, A., McCormick, J., Shoemaker, M., Bell, C., Johnson, T., Bekele, D., Fisseha, S., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Assistive device for the insertion of subcutaneous contraceptive implants. Journal of Medical Devices. 9(2), 020943-1 – 020943-2. Also presented at the Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 13th, 2015.

Mohedas, I., Kaufmann, E. E., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Ghanaian undergraduate biomedical engineering students’ perceptions of their discipline and career opportunities. Global Journal of Engineering Education.17(1), 34-41.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Design ethnography in capstone design: investigating student use and perceptions. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(4), 888-900.

Mohedas, I., Anderson, F. W. J., Adomako, J., & Sienko, K. H. (2013). Discrepancies between clinicians and rural healthcare workers regarding referral procedures based on blood pressure measurements. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 123(3), 246–7.

Mohedas, I., Garcia, A., & Buehler, M. J. (2010). Nanomechanics of biologically inspired helical silica nanostructures. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part N, Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, 224, 93 – 100.

Refereed Conference Papers:         

Mohedas, I., Sienko, K. H., Daly, S. R., Huynh, L., Cravens, G., (2016) “Interviewing practices of student engineers during requirements elicitation,” 123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, June 26-29.

Mohedas, I., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Applying design ethnography to product evaluation: A case example of a medical device in a low-resource setting. International Conference on Engineering Design: Design for Life.  Milan, Italy, July 27 - 30.

Mohedas, I., Cravens, G. L., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Valuing and engaging stakeholders: The effects of engineering students’ interaction during capstone design. 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Seattle, WA, June 14 – 17.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Gathering and synthesizing information during the development of user requirements and engineering specifications. 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Student use of design ethnography techniques during front-end design. 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18.        

Conference Presentations:         

Mohedas, I., Jiang, K., Bekele, D., Abebe, Z., Bell, C., Sienko, K.H., (2017). SubQ Assist: Increasing access to long-term family planning in rural low- and middle-income countries. Unite for Sight, New Haven, CT, April 24th, 2017.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Characterizing novice use of design ethnography utilizing skill acquisition and learning theories. Mudd Design Workshop, Claremont, CA, May 19th, 2015.

Mohedas, I., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Bertch, C., Franklin, A., Joyce, A., McCormick, J., Shoemaker, M., Bell, C., Johnson, T., Bekele, D., Fisseha, S., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Assistive device for the insertion of subcutaneous contraceptive implants. Design of Medical Devices Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 3-in-5 Competition.

Sienko, K. H., Sarvestani, A. S., & Mohedas, I. (2013). Understanding the broader context of design; the use of design ethnography in engineering global health technologies. Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. November 22-24.

Poster Presentations:         

Mohedas, I., Jiang, K., Bekele, D., Abebe, Z., Bell, C., Sienko, K.H., (2017). SubQ Assist: Task-shifting contraceptive implant insertion device. Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. May 10th.

Mohedas, I., Jiang, K., Andargie, G., Adefris, M., Tadesse, T., Kolli, A., Weiner, A., Davila, J., Mengstu, B., Sienko, K.H., (2017). Usability assessment of a task-shifting medical device. Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. May 10th.

Mohedas, I., Bekele, D., Abebe, Z., Al-Khersan, T., Kamdem, A., Choi, C., Sienko, K.H., (2017). Contraceptive implant removal device target product profile. Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. May 10th.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S.R., Sienko, K.H., (2017). Engaging stakeholders during fuzzy front-end design. Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. May 10th.

Mohedas, I., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Bertch, C., Franklin, A., Joyce, A., McCormick, J., Shoemaker, M., Bell, C., Johnson, T., Bekele, D., Fisseha, S., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Assistive device for the insertion of subcutaneous contraceptive implants. Design of Medical Devices Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14.

Kaufman, E. E., Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2013). Characterizing the next generation of medical device innovators: Ghanaian student perceptions of biomedical engineering. Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. November 22-24.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2013). Undergraduate biomedical engineering students as design ethnographers. Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. Geneva, Switzerland. November 22-24

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2012). Evaluating an ethnography-augmented capstone design course. STEM-Africa Conference. Kumasi, Ghana. May 29-31.

Internal Presentations:         

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2016). Stakeholder engagement during front-end design: Characterizing novice design practitioner behaviors. Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. April 19.

Mohedas, I., Cravens, G., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2015). Student perceptions of stakeholders during capstone design. Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. March 12.

Kaufman, E. E., Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Characterizing the Next Generation of Medical Device Innovators: Ghanaian Student Perceptions of Biomedical Engineering. Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. March 17.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Longitudinal Study of Students’ Use of Design Ethnography During a Capstone Design Course. Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. March 17.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Longitudinal study of students’ use of design ethnography during a capstone design course. Investigating Student Learning Symposium. Ann Arbor. May 5.

Cravens, G., Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Longitudinal study of students’ use of design ethnography during capstone design. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Symposium. Ann Arbor. April 23.

Ydoate, K., Mohedas, I., Daly, S. R., & Sienko, K. H. (2014). Development of an interactive front-end design task: Assessing undergraduate performance. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Symposium. Ann Arbor. April 23.

Mohedas, I., Daly, S., & Sienko, K. (2013). Characterizing students’ interactions with stakeholders during the design process. Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education Poster Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. March 20.