Constanza Miranda is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She teaches the BME Design Team program. Miranda is a multidisciplinary academic interested in the intersection between the creativity of design, the ethics of cultural anthropology, and the tech aspects of engineering. Before JHU, she was an assistant professor at PUC Chile’s Engineering School where she founded and directed the engineering design initiative (DILAB). She is the co-founder of the startup Simulmedic. Miranda holds a PhD in Design with a focus in anthropology from NC State University. While a Fulbright grantee, she worked as a visiting researcher at the CDR (Mech. Engineering) at Stanford.
Her publications relate to the design and development of biomedical devices and systems, anthro-design methods for involving users, engineering design & pre-engineering education. Past experiences involve work in industry such as Cooper San Francisco, Karl Storz Endoskope and Continuum Milan. Today, she constantly interacts with industry linking students to the conversations of the current practice. Her interest in creating tools for a hands-on education is embodied in the Anthro Design Crash Course book and the SaviaLab pre-engineering design program for rural schools in Chile. The latter was recognized by the 2018 Airbus GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council) Diversity Award sponsored by UNESCO because of its aim to democratize technology.