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Dara Dotz

Few people are as accomplished as Dara Dotz, dubbed the DisasterNaut, and known as "the MacGyver of tough problems in warzones." A pioneer in 3D printing in austere environments and manufacturing humanitarian supplies, Dara combines her design strategy experience and rapid ethnographic assessment to empower others through technology. Two years after the earthquake in Haiti, in 2012, Dara realized the extreme supply chain challenges. Motivated to tackle these, she started 3D printing as a way of addressing immediate needs. Co-founding Field Ready, an NGO focused on manufacturing humanitarian supplies, Dara has implemented 3D printers in challenging environments across the globe. Field Ready focuses on creating essential medical supplies, replacement parts, water pipe fittings, and more while simultaneously training locals to ensure sustainability. In addition, Dara worked as Human Factors Lead for Made In Space, Inc., a company that built and operated the first gravity-independent 3D printer on the International Space Station. Her speaking accomplishments include keynotes at TED, the Wall Street Journal, the UN, Exponential Medicine, European Space Policy Institute, and The World Bank Understanding Risk Forum. Featured in Wired, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Deloitte, and CNBC, Dara has received numerous accolades for her unique applications of technology in crisis, including recognition by the Obama Administration as a "Champion of Change." In her free time, Dara flies drones, works on AI-optimized cars, and learns medicine for remote environments.

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  • access_time 4:00 - 4:30 PM CT
  • location_onAM Classroom B