I'm Deepika Gopalakrishnan, a design engineering student at Harvard University. I am passionate about designing healthcare products for developing countries.
After my undergrad in 2020, I co-founded a healthcare innovation startup, Dverse Labs. At Dverse Labs, my team developed and implemented automated disinfection technologies to make hospital spaces safer.
I am also passionate about design education and enjoy mentoring school students. I have also illustrated a math textbook that highlights the contributions of Indian mathematicians. I am currently working in the Harvard Biodesign Lab, designing a soft robotics toolkit for children.
At Harvard, I hope to gain interdisciplinary and strategic skills to tackle complex systemic challenges in healthcare. My focus is on gaining skills to develop product-service systems that empower people to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
In my free time, you can find me trekking in the mountains, jogging, baking, playing my ukulele, illustrating children's books, or reading books.
Co-Founder, dVerse Labs
March 2020-March 2022
We are developing disruptive technologies to prevent hospital-acquired infections. My role transcends between design and business.
Mentor, ReImagine India
June 2020-Sept 2020
I facilitated children to reimagine the education system and UNICEF has recognized our project as one of the Top 30 most Inspiring Ideas of Change. I also helped illustrate the stories.
Design intern, IIT Hyderabad
Jan 2020-March 2020
I was involved in designing a card game that would help high school students get an understanding of the multitude of career choices and make a better decision
Design intern and strategist
Jan 2019-Aug 2019
Sohum Innovation Lab
June 2019 - July 2019
Industrial Design intern
June 2018 - July 2018
COVID-19 grant winner
Led a team of designers and engineers in the healthcare track where the challenge was to ensure safety and wellbeing of the frontline healthcare workers.
Paper publication in the International Conference on Research into Design 2021
Research paper published in the book Design for Tomorrow
Design For Change- UNICEF inspiring idea of change Mentor
Mentored the winning team of school students as a part of the Reimagine India hackathon.
Best Designer Award,
Co-facilitated a design workshop at IISc on deriving inspiration from nature for design
Bachelor's in Product Design
Received the CNR Rao Merit Scholarship through 4 consecutive years for being among the top 20% of the class.
Reimagine Waste, IISc
Designed solutions to encourage people to take up Rainwater harvesting
STEAM School 2017
Received 100% scholarship for STEAM School, a ten-day collaborative problem-solving program where we came up with solutions for the UN SDGs. Our projects were displayed at the UNESCO Tech 2017 Conference.