Dr. Kasi Kiehlbaugh is the Director for Health Sciences Design. In this new Health Sciences program, Kasi develops courses that teach students how to apply design thinking principles to health and wellness challenges through experiential project-based collaborative learning. With a research focus on improving STEM education, her passion is teaching (and co-teaching) courses designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between peer groups from across the University. She is working to support institutional change in educational practices at UA by advocating for the increased adoption of high-impact teaching practices, training in culturally responsive practices for undergraduate research mentors, program-level assessment as a mechanism for continuous improvement, and more comprehensive faculty and staff development. Kasi completed her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley—all in chemical engineering. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the new Honors Village and one of UA’s original HSI Fellows, reflecting her deep commitment to equity and inclusion.