Learn more about the students, engineers, doctors, directors and more who transform the LeanMed mission into a reality.
Chief Executive Officer
As the Chief Executive Officer of Lean Med, Mark brings extensive experience to the team. Mark has three decades of product development experience and as a director of product development at two different Fortune 500 companies, Mark has been responsible for dozens of multi-million-dollar development programs that have launched new products with lifetime sales of over $1B. As a consultant, Mark has provided extensive product development expertise to one of the world’s largest medical device companies.
Jessica is an Industrial Engineer earning her bachelors from the University of Missouri and masters from the University of Pittsburgh. With prior industry experience in manufacturing, logistics, and process improvements, she is now focused on product development and project management with a passion for medical device innovation and sustainability. As project manager for LeanMed, her experience will lead the O2 cube program to successful implementation.
As Lean Med’s Project Engineer, Anna brings experience in product design and development with a Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and minor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She works as a Mechanical Engineer for Philips Respironics where she has gained technical experience in medical devices and helps facilitate collaboration between Philips and Lean Med for the Fast Track program and overall successful implementation of the O2 CUBE.
Project Support Specialist
Elena is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Medical Product Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh through the GEES and Pitt2Pitt Scholars programs. She received her undergraduate degree from Pitt, majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Applied Fitness. Elena interned with Grant Street Group where she spent time developing interactive help modules for their product website. She completed a clinical research internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh working to assess the effectiveness of the Diabetes Transition Clinic as intervention and care for teens with diabetes. At LeanMed, she is part of the project management team contributing to project planning, documentation management, and research.
Zexi Liu is a Ph.D. student and the NSF graduate research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously he had 4 years of DRAM ATE test engineering experience at Micron Technology and spearheaded the backend test and equipment development for the first generation DDR5 products. Currently, his research focuses on brain computer interface, neurostimulation, and hardware security. At LeanMed, he provides electrical engineering and system integration solutions for the O2Cube product.
Steven is a biomedical engineer with a graduate degree focused on Medical Product Engineering. He has successfully planned and implemented a pulse oximetry program throughout the Balaka health district of Malawi. Additionally, he has optimized the O2 Cube’s power system for cost-efficiency in rural areas.
James specializes in recognizing user need and designing innovative ways to address that need. With a background in biomedical engineering and as an MD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, he has a unique perspective into the interface of health and technology. His local research on supplemental oxygen in Malawi provides him with important perspective into the design of a successful O2 Cube program.
Michael Hawkes (BEng, McGill U; MD, U of Alberta; PhD, U of Toronto; DTM&H, Peru; FRCPC, Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases; Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Science Lab) is a clinician-scientist at the University of Alberta. In addition to a clinical practice in consultant Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, he leads a translational research program in global pediatric infections. He holds peer reviewed grants (CIHR, Grand Challenges Canada, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology) that support basic science research, epidemiologic studies, and clinical trials. He operates field sites in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and has more than 115 peer-reviewed publications. His research is improving outcomes in children with serious infections in some of the least developed areas of the globe. With this experience, Michael advises LeanMed on clinical aspects of oxygen use in children.
Jeremy is a medical device executive with 15+ years’ experience in developing innovative medical products to improve human health. Jeremy brings significant expertise in product development, manufacturing, and clinical research to the LeanMed team, and provides strategic guidance for LeanMed’s mission to improve health in remote, underserved regions through innovative technologies. Jeremy holds degrees in biomedical engineering from Cornell University (B.S), New York University (M.S.) and University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.). Jeremy currently serves as the Vice President of New Technology at ALung Technologies Inc., a Pittsburgh-based medical device company developing innovative extracorporeal respiratory support technologies.