Xianzhi Zhang is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in mechanical engineering and product design. Prior to starting her Masters, she worked as a product design engineer at Withings and Parrot, where she gained valuable product development experience through bringing two sophisticated yet accessible healthcare products into the market. She is also participating in the EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) Health Wild Card Accelerator as a co-founder of BrightSide, focusing on helping chronic pain patients communicate their state to their loved ones.
Her unique cross-cultural (China, France, UK and Canada) and cross-functional background has amplified her sense of empathy, resulting in a better understanding of a wider pool of users, enabling her to approach product ideas with an open-mind and to collaborate with a diverse set of people.
She enjoys exploring the relationship between humans and objects and believes that designers should shape the way people interact with each other and with the environment, bringing positive impact to society.