Lauren Aquino Shluzas, PhD

Lauren Aquino Shluzas, PhD is a Veterans Affairs Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Health Policy, and the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. Her research interests focus on studying and optimizing complex systems and services, with an emphasis in the healthcare field. Lauren aims to combine her background in engineering with her interest in health services research to improve the usability, quality, and adoption of healthcare products and services, at a reduced cost to users and stakeholders. Specific areas of interest include healthcare technology assessment, and socio-technical systems analysis and re-design. Lauren earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, with a minor in Management Science & Engineering. Her doctoral thesis examined design and development strategies that influence the clinical and financial outcomes of early stage medical device companies. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. Lauren’s industrial experience includes serving as a Senior Engineer at Omnisonics Medical Technologies, a company that developed ultrasonic treatments for vascular occlusive disease. Prior to that, Lauren was a Product Development Engineer for the Minimally Invasive Surgery Group at Johnson & Johnson's Depuy Spine. In that role, she designed and developed implants and instruments for spinal fusion surgery. Lauren had previously served as an Engineering Analyst for Boeing’s Flight Crew Systems Division.


d.Modular: Enhancing a Novice Designer's Prototyping Self-Efficacy with Modular Electronic Prototyping Tools

PI: Riitta Katila Abstract Rough prototyping enables designers to rapidly iterate design concepts, gather feedback, and … > more

Design Thinking Health: telepresence for remote teams with mobile augmented reality

PI: Prof. Larry J. Leifer Abstract This research seeks to explore the application of design thinking for improved … > more

Design thinking in health IT systems engineering: the role of wearable mobile computing for distributed care

PI: Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD Abstract This proposed research explores the role of design thinking in the field of health … > more

[Translate to Englisch:] d.Flex: A Modular Rapid Electronics Prototyping System to Increase Design Flexibility for Technical Novices

PI: Prof. Sakti Srivastava Abstract Tangible prototyping enables designers to rapidly iterate design concepts and gather … > more

ABRACA.D: A Study to Explore the Integration of Modular Electronics Prototyping with Computer Aided Design Tools (Stanford)

PI: Paulo Blikstein Abstract The prototyping tools of a rising Maker Movement are enabling the next generation of … > more

Human Technology Teamwork: Enabling clinicians to focus on complex design thinking tasks through advances in IT systems engineering (Stanford)

PI: David Pickham, Lauren A. Shluzas, PhD Abstract There is an urgent need within hospitals to reduce the amount of … > more

Design Thinking Pain Management: Tools to improve human-centered communication between patients and providers

PI: David Pickham Abstract This proposed research explores the role of design thinking to improve pain management for … > more