Aliya earned her BS degree in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomaterials from Wayne State University, and her MS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant in a bone tissue engineering lab developing osteoconductive biocompatible materials. She has also worked on a variety of product design projects including a testing station for a diabetic amputee, redesigning a therapeutic horse saddle for spinal cord injury patients through the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM), and determining the engineering specifications of a patented distraction rod for treating juvenile scoliosis with an orthopedic surgeon. Through the Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI) internship, she collaborated with the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) and students from the University of Ghana (UG) in Accra, Ghana to conduct a needs assessment and prototype solutions for a way to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings.

Currently, Aliya works for the Center for Socially Engaged Design as the Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) Project Manager where she leads the development of the SEDA blocks and the academy website usage.

Aliya has experience using design ethnography skills to conduct fieldwork and needs assessment, as well as identifying and refining needs, user requirements and engineering specifications. She also has experience utilizing team/project management skills throughout each stage of the design process. 


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