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Miho Kitagawa (mmkitagaww@gmail.


420 Perkins #103, Oakland CA 94610| 617-680-9473

Website & portfolio at

University of California Berkeley M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (GPA 3.87/4.0)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) S.B. in Mechanical Engineering (GPA 4.8/5.0)

May 2016
June 2014


Gobee Group Design Strategist, Ethiopia Field Team
Oakland CA | Jun 2016 current
Conducting design research and user testing at hospitals in Ethiopia for pneumonia diagnosis device project,
funded by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. .
Synthesizing field research to create product recommendations in written and visual formats.
Creating visual educational materials that accompany the product release in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India.
SoHub Founder, Lead Organizer
remote & Kyoto, Japan | Dec 2012 current
Leading a group of 10+ organizers to develop and implement design workshops that address social issues.
Ran 5+ design workshops in Tane, a rural community in Shiga, and initiated 4 spin-off participant-led projects.
Facilitating industry experts and local residents to develop products. (e.g. easier hunting tools, deer-burgers)
Whats cooking, San Quentin? Project Member
Berkeley, CA | Jan May 2015
Conducted qualitative research and design workshops weekly with prisoners to learn their need and restrictions.
Created visual design of prison-meal recipe cards for diabetics to cook healthier meals in their cells.
UC Berkeley B.E.S.T. Lab
Berkeley, CA | 2014 - 2016
M.S. Thesis Research Qualitative Analysis of Design Training Programs inspired by IDDS
Conducted qualitative research on training programs that formers participants of IDDS implemented around the world.
Developed evaluation criteria for design training programs, and provided recommendations for future programs.
I Am Not a Dot Project Member
Cambridge, MA | Spring 2014
Created an online awareness tool to disseminate the advocacy work of Citizens United for Rehabilitation.
Created visual designs that represent the project mission of humanizing the U.S. sex offender registry map.
International Development Design Summit Organizer, Design Facilitator
Par, Brazil | July 2016
Organized a two-week hands-on permaculture design summit after a year-long preparation.
Facilitated a design team that investigated the conservation of Amazonian culture around aromatic plants.
International Development Design Summit Project Member
So Paulo, Brazil | Jul 2012
Designed and fabricated a PET bottle stripping tool used for crafting income-generating products.
Facilitated the dialogue among waste pickers, local artisans and other residents in an urban slum, Keralux.
MIT D-lab Honduras Project Member
Tocoa Honduras | Fall 2011
Designed and built yucca mills with the residents in Miramontes, a low-income black community on the coast.
Ran capacity building workshops to build solar dryers with the residents of a rural community, El Benque.
Ericsson Inc. Mediaroom Agile Project Manager Intern
Mountain View, CA | Summer 2015
Developed sprint plans for software developers to deliver new features for Internet Protocol TV.
Designed UX of sample TV applications to configure universal remote control via bluetooth.

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Product Engineering Processes San-X Project Member

Cambridge, MA | Fall 2013
Developed an affordable steam-UV athletic mat cleaner that prevents skin infections common for wrestlers.
Formulated user experience and created product marketing contents, in a team of 19 members.
Designed and fabricated a handle locking mechanism by drafting, 3D printing and machining.
MIT D-lab PortaTherm Project Member
Cambridge, MA | Fall 2013
Re-designed the portable electricity-free incubator for typhoid diagnosis in developing countries such as Nepal.
Prototyped and CAD-modeled the new designs to reduce its material and manufacturing cost.
MIT Little Devices Lab Undergraduate Researcher
Cambridge, MA | 2013
Designed and prototyped wearable biosensor kit for nurses with 3D printer and laser cutter.
TEACHING Experience
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Summer Education Intern
Melbourne, Australia | Jan 2013
Designed and ran workshops within EWB office to share the works of D-lab and IDDS.
UC Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor
Berkeley, CA | 2014 2015
Design, Evaluate and Scale Development Technologies Innovation Through Design Thinking New Product
Development Three-Dimensional Modeling for Design Visualization for Design
Promethean Power Systems Summer Engineering and Teaching Intern
Boston, MA | Summer 2011
Developed and led classes on energy topic for middle-school outreach program on Thompson Island.
Technical: SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Sketching & Illustration, Prototyping, Machining
Language: English (fluent), Japanese (native), Portuguese (beginner)
Pi Tau Sigma(2013) Dr. Bessie Laurence International Summer Science Institute, Participant, Weizmann
Institute, Israel (2009) Nomura Research Institute Essay Contest, Silver Award, Japan (2009)

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