Suzanne Chou is a design researcher and facilitator, focusing on community-centered equitable design projects. She received her Ph.D. from UM in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 and was a 2019 Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellow. Suzanne’s research focused on the need for considering designer context, in addition to user context, in engineering design in order to achieve more positive design outcomes across different fields and applications. For several past projects, Suzanne has conducted international fieldwork for needs-assessments in Panama, Rwanda, Thailand, Chile, as well as various medical settings in the Bay Area, CA.
Suzanne has a B.S. in Bioengineering with a focus on medical devices from the University of California, Berkeley. After college, she worked as an R&D Engineer for a year at LIM Innovations, a startup in San Francisco that develops novel prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputees.