BCIT Applied Research MAKE+ researcher Nancy Paris successfully defended her doctoral thesis at Royal Roads University in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and earned her Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) credential.
“Many congratulations Dr. Nancy Paris on this tremendous milestone in your life and career,” said Kim Dotto, Dean, BCIT Applied Research and Centre for Applied Research and Innovation.
A biomedical engineer with over 30 years of medical device design and commercialization experience, Dr. Paris wanted to contribute to improving medical devices for low and middle-income countries (LMIC).
Dr. Paris’s thesis topic is Diasporans as informants in medical device design. [excerpt from thesis below]
Large gaps in contextual information exist for designers developing medical devices for low resource settings which can lead to failures in both medical device design and adoption. Over half of the world’s population live under ten dollars a day and therefore can be considered as living in a low resource setting with less infrastructure, fewer trained-personnel, and less access to spare parts than developed countries. This study explores how contextual information when needed by designers in low resource setting can be provided by diasporans involved in healthcare development activities for their countries of origin.
“I am hopeful that my research has the potential to contribute towards addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goal about ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’ says Dr. Nancy Paris, Director, BCIT MAKE+.
To read Dr. Nancy Paris’s full abstract and dissertation: link.