Home Town: Bangalore, India
Education: BDes - Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design, MIT Institute of Design
Specific Field Interests: Design Research
Placement: Medha - Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Area of Focus: Technology/Innovation
Highlights: An industrial designer by training, Palak is a design researcher and strategist with a focus on designing socio-technical systems and services for emerging markets. A strong believer of the design process, her interests lie in healthcare and education with emphasis on social innovation and sustainability. Her past projects include game design, design research, ar/vr product design & diagnostic product development and after a summer at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Palak has joined Medha as AIF Clinton Fellow for 2016- 2017. By supporting existing college and high school students with employability training, leadership development, and career services Medha works to better prepare India's youth for life after school. Palak's project would involve articulating a comprehensive & unique student experience with an aim to maximize student interest & participation for their four signature programs. Extremely excited for her time at the fellowship, Palak would be looking to use ethnography/ design research tools to engage multiple stakeholders, better understand program limitations, bridge implementation gaps and devise methodologies for concept testing and iterations. She spends free time in general obsession of her absurdist poetry, graphic novels, photography, cats and occasional musical escapades.