Ilka Rodriguez-Calero is a Ph.D. student in the Design Science program at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include risk perceptions, creativity, and design practitioners’ decision-making processes in front-end design. Ilka has conducted research on prototyping and engineering design practitioners’ approach to front-end design activities.

She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Her design experience covers diverse areas such as addressing technology gaps for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Puerto Rico, STEM education experiences of high school students and teachers, bicycle maintenance task performance for athletic and leisurely use contexts, work spaces through the lens of creativity, among other topics in Mechanical Engineering applications. In addition, Ilka worked with engineering design teams in the transportation industry and medical device industry as an engineering intern and research and development (R&D) co-op, respectively.

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