Devika Patel

Class of 2012 - MKA

Devika Patel

Born and raised in Parsippany, New Jersey, Devika entered MKA in the 9th grade through the New Jersey SEEDS program. She graduated from MKA in 2012, going on to receive her undergraduate and master's degrees at Stanford University in Engineering, Product Design and Community Health and Prevention Research. During her time at MKA, she immersed herself in community service and healthcare. She rode 150 hour on a local ambulance squad, volunteered at The Children's Institute where she completed her May Term project in developing an Autism-friendly science curriculum for the high schoolers, and explored independent research projects in both chemistry and physics. She continued that passion for studying and integrating health, science and service at Stanford, where she worked on improving education surrounding menstrual hygiene and health in rural India and working on developing an award-winning board game for young adults with Autism. She also worked with Medic Mobile and TeachAids on working on designing and iterating health interventions in diverse settings. Through those experiences, she became fascinated with the methodology known as human-centered design as developed at Stanford's d.school. At Stanford, she was a recipient of the Award of Excellence and Public Service Honors Society. Now she gets to work everyday applying the human-centered design process to challenging healthcare problems at The Better Lab as their Design Manager, where she leads the human-centered design efforts. Her current work encompasses developing medication adherence tools for tuberculosis in Uganda, designing a state of the art Virtual Reality training for trauma resuscitations, and using these methods to improve patient, provider and staff experience in a variety of clinical settings. She currently lives in the Bay Area.