Julia is a Zimbabwean designer & engineer in the Stanford MS Engineering - Design Impact program.
She is passionate about creating enabling environments for need-responsive innovation in resource limited settings. Her experience spans the fields of product design, engineering education and humanitarian relief. As an engineering educator, she served as the founding manager of the DIT Design Studio, a university maker space in Tanzania, where she worked to integrate active learning and design thinking into existing curricula while training student engineers to design and implement products that solve problems identified within their communities. Her other teaching experience ranges from teaching object-oriented programming to eight-year-old elementary school students to teaching welding and Arduino programming to active-duty members of the US Marine Corps. An avid maker, she has applied her engineering skillset to create products to meet needs arising from humanitarian disasters occurring in Nepal, Kenya, and the US Virgin Islands.
MS - Engineering Design Impact
Coursework: Advanced Design & Manufacturing, Scaling Technologies in Resource-Limited Settings, Graduate Design Research Methods, Programming Abstractions, Physical Interface Design
BS - Engineering Sciences (Mechanical)
Final thesis: “Optimizing 2D image to 3D model software (123D Catch) for use in mapping residual limb morphology in amputees.”