Katherine Sears

Class of 2012

Industrial Designer Engineer II at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics



Katherine Sears has been working at Ortho Clinical Diagnostices in Rochester since she graduated from RIT.  After working as an intern in the summer of 2012 she was the first full time Industrial Designer hiredand through her constant education of others within the company on the value of user-centric design and creative thinking, Ortho Clinical has began to grow their Design Team.  Projects in the medical design field are interesting to her due to the many constraints resulting from FDA redulations and corporate strategic decisions.

Along with working full timeKatherine isa part time graduate student here at RIT Saunders College of Business, studying for her MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.  These skills have helped her address the needs of Ortho Clinicals customersand create great design through small, subtle design improvements that are intentionally crafted to delight the user and anticipate their needs.

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Universal Sample Tray

Drawing inspiration from the simplicity of children’s toys, like the modular snake toy or alphabet blocks, the Sample Tray was designed to account for different tube heights by simply turning the block that holds the tube to reveal different facets. A major issue for customers is that hospitals use more than 10 different tube dimensions when samples arrive in the lab.

The tray concept is meant to accommodate the majority of those tube sizes with a simple and intuitive interaction.

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Universal Sample Tray

Initiated Customer Discussion Groups - User Experience Teams gather customer insights on existing products for further improvement.