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KAYLLA CANTILINA, PhD Candidate

Facilitator, C-SED Lab Manager

Kaylla (she/they) is the lab manager and a graduate facilitator at C-SED. She teaches fabrication skills, coordinates lab resources, and helps students and faculty plan and build both socially engaged and personal interest projects. She is available for workshops and consultations on low and high fidelity prototyping, ethics and equity in design, and design process methods such as stakeholder engagement, ideation, and solution development and evaluation. As a Bluelab alumn with a passion for making things she is also available to mentor and support co-curricular teams, student MDP projects, and senior capstone projects.

Kaylla is a PhD pre-candidate in design science, an MS student in industrial operations engineering and holds bachelor’s degrees in industrial design and political science. She describes herself as an artist turned engineer and stays true to her interdisciplinary roots. Her work focuses on designing with and for equity with a social justice lens, and is grounded in her identities as a queer biracial woman of color. Her expertise in design also comes from her industry experience as an applications engineer in a diverse set of industries such as transportation, automation, medical devices, furniture, consumer products, manufacturing, and automotive. You can find her in the lab (GGB 3341/3361) during open hours either helping students or working on her own woodworking projects. Feel free to stop by to learn more or ask questions!

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