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Elizabeth Johansen, B.S.

Elizabeth Johansen


B.S. Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

Areas Of Interest

Global Health
Medical Devices
Technology for Poverty Alleviation
Human-Centered Design
Product Design
Diversity in STEM


Social Entrepreneur Award, Social Capital Markets (SOCAP)
Design that Matters Firefly Newborn Phototherapy - 7 product design awards including IDEA IDSA, Edison, Spark!, & Good Green Design
Design that Matters - National Design Award, Smithsonianki


Elizabeth is founder of Spark Health Design, using human-centered design to provide better health outcomes. Her expertise spans user experience design, design research, human factors, and program management with a focus on medical device, health technology, and global health start-ups. 

Prior to Spark Health Design, Elizabeth was a director at Diagnostics For All and Design that Matters, and a project lead at IDEO. Two of the favorite products to which she contributed are the Eli Lilly Kiwkpen insulin injector for people with diabetes, and Design that Matters' Firefly phototherapy, now treating newborns with jaundice in over 20 developing countries. Elizabeth is on the Board of Advisors for Care 2 Communities, a social enterprise model for community-based healthcare delivery in Haiti.

At Olin, Elizabeth is part of the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship teaching team. She is advising a student team to create a newborn warmer for low resource hospitals in Vietnam in collaboration with Design that Matters.

Select Publications

Using Human-Centered Design to Ensure Usability and Define the Target Market for Two Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Global Health
Poster Session, Rethinking Global Health at MIT, 2016
Personal Website