Grace Wickerson is the Health Equity Policy Manager at the Federation of American Scientists. They work on embedding equity in health policies, with an eye towards leveraging data and technology as key tools for accelerating change. They are committed to ensuring technologies are accessible to all as well as securing innovations for patients who are under-researched and underserved in medicine.
They received their Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Their research focused on materials, design, and fabrication strategies for advanced medical devices, from wearables to implantables. In addition to their research on medical devices, Grace worked as a research intern with the Center for Health Equity Transformation working on engineering design methods for building with those with lived experiences of illness. They are passionate about re-tooling engineering education to serve the public good, writing about transforming engineering for equity in Scientific American and for The American Society of Engineering Education. Prior to Northwestern, Grace received their B.S. in Materials Science and Nanoengineering from Rice University.
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