Kasi M. Kiehlbaugh, PhD

Director, Health Sciences Design
Assistant Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering
Executive Committee Chair, Vertically Integrated Projects

Kasi Kiehlbaugh, PhD is the director for Health Sciences Design. In this new Health Sciences program, Dr. Kiehlbaugh 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 the University of Arizona 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. Dr. Kiehlbaugh completed her BS and MS at the University of Arizona and her PhD at UC Berkeley, all in chemical engineering. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the new Honors Village and one of UArizona’s original Hispanic-Serving Institution Fellows, reflecting her deep commitment to equity and inclusion.