Krista Donaldson – D-Rev

Thursday, February 23, 2012



Design for Scalable Social Impact

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at CSULB

4 BILLION PEOPLE around the world lack access to basic goods and services that enable them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives; most of the solutions available to these low-income customers are ineffective, inappropriate and costly.

Krista will discuss the design and development of two medical devices in D-Rev’s portfolio, Brilliance and the ReMotion Jaipur Knee. D-Rev is a non-profit technology incubator that works with global partners to design products that fulfill social need and a market gap for sustainable and scalable social impact.

Krista has been working at the intersection of design and international development for over twelve years. Prior to coming to D-Rev in 2009, Krista was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. At State, she worked on economic policy and the reconstruction of Iraq’s electricity sector, earning recognition for her contribution to bilateral relations. From 1998 to 2001, she worked as a design engineer and researcher with KickStart International (then ApproTEC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also worked at the product design firm IDEO.

A native of Nova Scotia, Krista has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MSE (Product Design), MSME and a PhD from Stanford University. Her doctoral work was among the first to focus on engineering and social entrepreneurship in less industrialized economies. Krista has taught at Kenyatta University and the University of Cape Town and is currently a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. She is the author of numerous papers and articles on design, international development and higher education.

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