Visualize was co-founded in 2013 by Julia Kramer and Maria Young. Julia and Maria, both engineering students at the University of Michigan, traveled together to Ghana how to use technology to address needs in maternal and infant healthcare. During their first trip, and their many trips in the following years, they have contacted over 100 stakeholders in Ghana - including midwives, doctors, nurses, administrators, and health officials - at more than 10 different health care facilities in the country.
Julia is a co-founder of Visualize and a current PhD student in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley. She is interested in and passionate about the role of creative thinking in solving major global issues. She completed her mechanical engineering undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, where she specialized in global health design. Julia wrote her Master's Thesis (2016) on "Human-Centered Design for Development: Characterizing the Research Landscape." Currently, she is focused on understanding the intersection of design thinking, global engagement, and social justice.
For more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kramer-julia
Maria, co-founder of Visualize, believes the solutions to major public health issues, whether domestic or global, must first be ignited with a deep understanding of a specific community and involve expert collaboration across multiple disciplines. Currently, Maria works as the Assistant Director of Insitu | Center for Socially Engaged Design at the University of Michigan. In this role, she leads the development of a novel educational program to train students in engaged design techniques. Maria also serves as the Program Manager for the UM Global Health Design Initiative. She has substantial experience using design ethnography, performing qualitative research, and building sustainable partnerships within intercultural settings. Maria holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, where she performed research in the HIV Vaccine Research Unit focused on assessing barriers and facilitators to participation in clinical trials by high-risk communities.
For more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariaroseyoung