Ilka Rodriguez-Calero is a Ph.D. candidate in Design Science and a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan. Her research interests are in prototyping, front-end design, stakeholder engagement, product design and development, and medical device design. Ilka has past experience working in projects related to assistive technology and medical devices in industrial and academic settings. She has facilitated workshops on a number of socially-engaged design topics and finds joy in supporting teams and individuals throughout their design journeys by providing methods guidance and mentorship. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a Master of Science in Design Science from the University of Michigan.