Kritika Iyer
About the Author

Kritika is a UCLA graduate (go Bruins!) with a B.S. in Bioengineering. Kritika’s technical specializations include biomaterials, fluid dynamics, sensor design, and tissue engineering. She has worked as a Research Assistant and an Engineer at Kelvi (formerly Hypothermia Devices Inc.), an electromedical equipment startup in Los Angeles. The goal of the company is to provide state-of-the-art heating and cooling pads for applications ranging from physical therapy to emergency medicine. Kritika’s primary responsibilities while working at Kelvi included testing and prototyping new products as the company transitioned from R&D to manufacturing.


Kritika’s personal mission is to be the catalyst for innovation in her industry be being the bridge between the medical and engineering fields. While at UCLA, Kritika had exposure to very exciting projects to achieve this goal. Her most significant project was her work as an independent researcher in Dr. Bill Tawil’s Wound Healing laboratory, where she worked for over two years.


Outside of research and engineering, one of Kritika’s favorite things to do is dance. She has been learning the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, since she was five years old. She performed and choreographed pieces throughout her years in college, and hopes to continue her journey in both dance and engineering during her graduate career. Kritika is also passionate about encouraging women to pursue and stay in STEM careers. She is an active member and officer in the Society of Women Engineers both as a collegiate and professional.


Kritika is currently set to begin her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Fall 2017. Kritika is excited to begin her research journey in the Computational Vascular Biomechanics Lab under the guidance of Dr. Alberto Figueroa.