Krista Donaldson, PhD, has driven innovation in product design, engineering, and international development for more than 15 years. As D-Rev’s CEO, Krista’s has led the release of Brilliance, a revolutionary technology treating neonatal jaundice, and the ReMotion prosthetic knee. Her leadership has won Krista acclaim as a Silicon Valley “40 Under 40” winner, a TEDx and Clinton Global Initiative speaker, and she was recently named to Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100. She is a 2010-2012 Rainer Arnhold Fellow and a 2011 Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow
Prior to D-Rev, Krista served as a Diplomacy Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she guided economic policy and the reconstruction of Iraq's electricity sector. Her work there earned recognition for its impact on bilateral relations. From 1998 to 2001, she worked as a design engineer and researcher with KickStart International (formerly ApproTEC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She also has worked at the product design firm IDEO
A native of Nova Scotia, Krista holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University as well as a MSE (Product Design), MSME and a PhD from Stanford University. Her doctoral work was among the first to focus on engineering and social entrepreneurship in less industrialized economies. Krista has taught at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and South Africa’s University of Cape Town. She is currently a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.
Randy's 17 years of product development and manufacturing operations leadership have focused on creating impact by successfully delivering products that make a difference. In his most recent role at Genentech, he managed the highly successful global supply chain for all products used in clinical trials. Randy's work shortened time to market and ensured balance between supply and demand - a critical step in cost management.
Prior to Genentech, Randy led manufacturing engineering at a medical device startup, where he and his team quickly scaled production for three medical device manufacturing lines. Earlier, at Lockheed Martin, Randy developed Design for Six Sigma practices that capitalized on solid digital models to make aircraft assemblies more accurate and affordable.
Randy holds an MBA and an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and a BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Paul Polak, co-founder of D-Rev, currently leads the Access for Agriculture project with Kentaro Toyama. A psychiatrist, entrepreneur, educator and author, Paul has pursued a life mission of igniting a revolution among designers to develop solutions to poverty. He is probably best known for starting International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has helped to end poverty for 17 million of the world's poorest people by making available radically affordable irrigation through local small entrepreneurs and opening private sector access to markets for their crops. For his work in agriculture, Paul has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the top 50 contributors to science. He was also one of the lead organizers of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt's exhibit: Design for the Other Ninety Percent.
Paul's book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail has been internationally recognized for practical solutions to global poverty.
Three years ago, Kurt Kuhlmann's electronics design expertise and commitment to developing products for bottom-of-the-pyramid customers led him to co-found D-Rev. He has designed the core technology for the social enterprises Ignite Innovations, Ecopower, D-light and Niparaja. Kurt is a Silicon Valley veteran, having operated an engineering consultancy for over ten years while founding three successful business ventures. He has over 20 years of experience in circuit design, radio frequency and microwave R&D, digital signal processing, motor control and has a specialty in the synthesis of analog circuitry with digital embedded control. With several products on the U.S. and European market, Kurt's strength is supporting the transition from product design to production and has a proven track record with LED lights and water purification products. Kurt has been an advisor to the Stanford University Institute of Design since 2005.
Kurt holds a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in radar and microwave design.
Mohan comes to D-Rev with over 20 years of manufacturing experience in medical devices and electronic components. At VNUS Medical Technologies, Mohan was responsible for manufacturing scale up, supply chain management and cost reduction of a radio frequency generator and related ablation catheters, supporting revenue growth from $50M to over $100M. Prior to VNUS, Mohan was at W. L. Gore & Associates where he held engineering and manufacturing positions and helped drive manufacturing scale up as support of a successful launch of stent-graft products. Mohan previously held several engineering positions at Raychem Corporation. At D-Rev, Mohan is excited about the opportunity to scale up and deliver world-class medical devices to the places that most need it.
He holds an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a BSME from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.
Motivated by a desire to decrease inequalities in a community capacity, Garrett is passionate about using health technology development and delivery as a vehicle for change. In college, he began repairing and installing second-hand, donated medical devices in hospitals and clinics in Central America and the Caribbean, and then shifted his focus to designing technologies specifically for low-resource settings. Since then, he has designed devices and managed projects that have been implemented across Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Garrett currently works on the Brilliance and ReMotion projects at D-Rev.
He holds a BE in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Management from Vanderbilt University.
Vin joined D-Rev's ReMotion project after co-designing a low-cost elbow prosthetic in a Stanford University course on medical device design. While a graduate student, Vin gravitated toward the medical device arena because of its direct human impact, and this same passion led him to continue his work at D-Rev. Vin believes that solutions with the highest capacity for positive impact combine organizational sustainability with human benefit. Consequently, he is focused on finding sustainable ways to bring ReMotion prosthetic devices to more people outside of India, where it is currently being fit through clinical trials with the JaipurFoot Organization.
Vin holds a Master's degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Design, focusing on the design of products and services in startup environments that have a high degree of ambiguity. Prior to Stanford, he studied restorative tendon-transfer surgeries at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Sara was drawn to D-Rev's dedication to a user-centered design process, as well as D-Rev's nimble and can-do attitude towards iterating their process and products as needed. She manages collection, analysis, and sharing of D-Rev’s impact data.
Previously, Sara worked as a lawyer at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York. While at Fried Frank, she spent six months as a full-time extern at Legal Aid Society's Community Development Program and seven months running the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s statement-taking efforts in New York. Prior to her time at Fried Frank, she worked in technology and at a number of non-profits in the US and abroad. Sara holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and a JD from New York University School of Law.
As a member of the Neonatal Jaundice Initiative project team based in Nairobi, Kenya, Dorothy conducts field research to understand African medical device markets and networks. At D-Rev, she is able to combine her passion for global health and social entrepreneurship to bring positive impact to a region about which she deeply cares. Dorothy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Occidental College and an MBA/MEM with a focus in entrepreneurship, design, and innovation from the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. She has experience in biopharmaceutical R&D and management consulting.
Jenny is passionate about design and thoughtful design research as a tool for impact and sustainability. Prior to D-Rev, Jenny founded Ashoka East Africa's Youth Venture Changemakers program, served as a Kiva Fellow with KADET microfinance bank, led business development for ARO Fab Lab in Kisumu, Kenya, and worked on international product development at Google in Silicon Valley. Jenny is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations.
Nicole's passion for working in social impact grew out of her experiences around the world - ethnomusicology fieldwork in Peru, teaming with Nike to benefit the Nayakahunga community in Tanzania, and community building in Qatar. Nicole is drawn to organizations that are nimble and innovative in their approach to addressing pressing needs of developing communities around the world. At D-Rev, Nicole works on operations and logistics - the nuts and bolts behind the scenes that allow D-Rev's technology to shine.
Prior to joining the D-Rev team, Nicole worked in communications for social enterprise; conducted research in Peru, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia; lived, worked, and studied in Italy and Qatar; and worked as a public policy associate in Washington, DC. Nicole holds a dual-degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Cross Cultural Communication and Music History & Culture with specializations in Hispanic Studies and International Relations.
Sam is motivated to design and create solutions that reduce poverty, improve access to education and healthcare, and promote social justice on both a local and global scale. D-Rev’s combination of human-centered design, market-driven entrepreneurship, and dedication to sustainable impact made for a perfect fit. Before joining D-Rev, Sam earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University as part of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, where he focused on understanding the principles of human movement through simulation. His thesis work centered on characterizing the functional role of muscles during running. He also supported the development of OpenSim, an open-source biomechanical simulation software package. While at Stanford, Sam pursued several social entrepreneurship projects including co-founding The Pepper Eater, which started as part of the Design for Extreme Affordability course at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the d.school). The Pepper Eater was featured in National Geographic and is now part of Compatible Technology International. Originally from Florida, Sam also holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida with minors in Material Science and Religious Studies.
Vicky's love for design began at an early age and by the time she was in high school, she had already built and designed several websites. While studying graphic design in college, Vicky learned that design could be used in ways beyond just making something look good; by taking the time and care to create a powerful, visual message, she discovered that design could make a difference. Vicky aims to deliver design that is functional, conceptual, and aesthetically pleasing because she believes that everyone deserves good design.
Vicky graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles with a BFA in Graphic Design and Communication Arts. She lives in Sunnyvale.
Rob is motivated about bringing high-quality, affordable technologies to communities that lack access to life-improving products. Rob previously worked on climate change and clean energy policy in Washington, DC. More recently, he has worked in Cambodia, India, and Timor-Leste helping start-up social enterprises distribute micro solar -- lanterns and photovoltaic home systems -- to rural village customers. He also worked on small-scale energy engineering projects with D-Lab (El Salvador) and Mercy Corps (Timor-Leste) in 2012. Rob has lived and worked in China, and is proficient in Mandarin. With D-Rev, Rob is thrilled to apply skills in business planning, supplier relations and distribution to help scale the Neonatal Jaundice Initiative in Southeast Asia.
Rob is currently a masters' student at Harvard Kennedy School (on leave of absence). He holds a B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.
AJ's career path has taken him through both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before D-Rev he worked for McMaster-Carr, where he was most recently responsible for running warehouse operations and driving projects aimed at improving productivity and speed. Prior to this he worked for United Way Silicon Valley, helping assess business development strategies and performing quantitative analyses to maximize the effectiveness of fundraising resources. He has also worked with entrepreneurs in India, bringing to market a high-quality wheelchair at an affordable price. He appreciates the challenge of creating sustainable businesses that are mission-driven and is eager to help D-Rev accomplish both.
AJ holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he is exploring the Latin American market potential for Brilliance.
Michael began his career with the engineering professional development program at Abbott, wearing many engineering hats across multiple divisions, industries, and locations. After the final rotation landed Michael in the San Francisco bay area, he fell in love with the water, mountains, trees, and technology. He worked as an R&D engineer at Abbott Vascular Structural Heart (formerly Evalve) developing the percutaneous Mitral Valve repair device, MitraClip. After a term of national service with Habitat for Humanity as an Americorps Construction Crew Leader, Michael’s interest in medical device engineering and passion for helping others came together at D-Rev.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied the mechanotransduction pathways of embryonic stem cells. Michael lives in Oakland and enjoys biking, cooking, camping, and volunteering in the community.