Kathy is a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Managing Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, where she teaches Product Design and leads a team of talented Fellows in delivering the popular courses "Designing Your Life” and ”Designing the Professional.” Kathy is also the Co-Founder of the Designing Your Life for Women workshop series, together with Susan Burnett, based on the book Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
When not engaged with Stanford students, Kathy consults with Silicon Valley companies, teaching design thinking, conducting ethnographic research and developing product strategies and concepts. Her previous experience includes roles as Senior Product Manager at Arena Solutions, Senior Manager of Technical Programs at D2M, Inc, Manager of Mechanical Engineering at nLighten Technologies and Mechanical Engineer at Cardica. Kathy has more than 15 years of experience developing electromechanical and software products, and holds 5 patents.
Kathy is passionate about the impact that design thinking can have in empowering social change. She has traveled to Myanmar to teach design thinking to budding entrepreneurs with the DeBoer Foundation and works with local community groups to impact engagement in health and wellness initiatives. It is her contention that human centered design and the design thinking mindsets can fundamentally shift the way that everyday people engage with their world.