Caroline is the Program Manager and Project Development Lead for the Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI) at the College of Engineering.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in multidisciplinary design from the University of Michigan. As a student, Caroline participated in the GHDI Academic Program where she utilized design ethnography techniques to co-identify problems and potential solutions with healthcare providers in Kumasi, Ghana. Caroline worked in a team to translate the information captured from the field to develop a blood pressure measurement device for obstetric patients with pre-eclampsia for her senior design project. Caroline completed an internship with the World Health Organization and supported the submission process for the WHO Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings. Caroline has also worked as a fellow for Engineering for Change (E4C) where she conducted research and analysis on poverty alleviating products for inclusion in the E4C Solutions Library, a database of technologies for global development. Most recently, Caroline completed a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine where she contributed to the design and execution of clinical trials on 3D printed prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputees and low-cost endomicroscopes for endoscopic surveillance of precancerous and cancerous lesions in community-based settings.

Caroline has experience with applying design ethnography techniques within intercultural settings to inform problem identification and definition. Caroline also has substantial experience with understanding the current landscape of technology for global development and designing and implementing research protocols.

Caroline can be reached via email at: csoyars@umich.edu

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