Introduction – Kyle Gibler

Hello, my name is Kyle Gibler, and I just graduated from the School of Medicine in May.  Originally from Cincinnati, OH, I majored in economics at Harvard before traveling south to attend medical school at Duke.  During medical school, I also got my MBA, graduating from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2013.  Now that I’m (finally) done with school, I am excited to take part in the Summer Innovation Program with the Med3D team!

I have a number of goals for this summer, falling primarily into three buckets.  First, I hope to get a better understanding of the legal and regulatory hurdles associated with bringing a medical device to market.  Second, I want to apply many of the hard and soft skills I learned in business school, including strategy, operations, management, and marketing, in an entrepreneurial setting.  My third goal for this summer is to network with and learn from Duke alumni who have experience in the medical device startup space.  I look forward to a great summer!


Adam Nolte – An Introduction

Hi. My name is Adam Nolte and I am a member of the Med3D team in the Duke Startup Challenge. I graduated from Pratt last month with a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering. As an undergraduate I was heavily involved in research, completing three independent studies and spending a summer working at Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories. One of the focuses of my research was the development of a new suit of physical breast imaging phantoms. These devices can be used for a variety of applications, including daily QA testing of mammography and breast tomosynthesis machines in the clinic and research interests of both universities and device manufactures. The phantoms were created by PhD candidate Nooshin Kiarashi and together we started Med3D as an avenue to get these phantoms out of the lab and enable further science and necessary quality tests to be conducted.

Over the summer our main goals are to build partnerships and raise money. We are actively pursing relationships with 3D printing companies and breast imaging device manufactures. With these partnerships in place we can complete the last round of R&D for our product and engage with our future customers.

Meet Spuni

Born out of many frustrating and messy infant feeding sessions, Spuni is an innovative adaptation of one of our most basic tools.

Spuni was a brainchild of designers Trevor and Isabel Hardy, who were seeking a better way to feed their two children. Finding that the current market did not have something that was designed specifically for babies, they (along with friend, fellow MIT grad and serial entrepreneur Marcel Botha) set out to create their own. A couple of years, many prototypes and a successful Indiegogo campaign later, they officially released Spuni in 4th quarter 2013. Building on the knowledge from the launch, they are expanding. It is a very exciting time to be working with this group. It also doesn’t hurt that Spuni has set up base in Brooklyn Navy Yard, a manufacturing and innovation hub which generates $2 billion in direct economic output, sustains 10,000 jobs, and has a 150-company long waiting list.

A beautiful mix of good design, safe material, solid marketing and branding, and a growing industry.

Spuni baby spoons - Duke SIP 2014


Talk about sheltered: I had no idea how much was at my doorstep until I left home! I grew up in the South Bay knowing this was tech central, but had no idea how much we were changing our world.

My name is Ray: 2016 studying International Relations and English, minoring in Cultural Anthropology. I’m a San Jose native with mixed feelings about technology but a love for design and innovation. This summer I’m working for Devesh Design developing startup pitches and marketing content for potential clients. Keynote will be my bread and butter in a few months as will marketing and growth hacking. I’m hoping to become a design and innovation consultant down the line so the work starts here!

I’m excited to hear your stories. Looking forward.

An Introduction – Caroline Herrmann, Duke ’15

Hi all,

My name is Caroline Herrmann and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I’m currently studying Linguistics with a German Studies Minor and a Markets & Management Studies (MMS) Certificate and for some reason am also currently considering adding a Minor in Neuroscience to the mix. We’ll see how this latter notion develops over the summer. As for now…

Me (right) with my not-so-little-anymore sister (left)

Me (right) with my not-so-little-anymore sister (left)


My Internship

…I’m currently spending my summer break interning at CyberSource (a Visa Company) in the firm’s North American Sales division. Based in Visa’s headquarters in Foster City, California – just outside of San Francisco proper – CyberSource is a payment management company that provides a range of services that simplify and automate payment operations. These services include processing online purchases, streamlining fraud management and simplifying payment security. As the world’s first eCommerce Payment Management Company, CyberSource has grown to service over 400,000 businesses worldwide.

I was incredibly excited to take the offer to work at the firm as it allowed me to expand beyond my prior experiences in marketing (I’ve previously interned at a market research firm in Berlin, Germany, followed by a summer submersed in digital brand marketing at Under Armour) and expand into a sales role. I’m really interested in gaining exposure to the client-facing nature of this division and am also curious to learn more about the backbone of eCommerce. As an East-Coast gal myself, I’m also looking forward to living in the Bay Area (Berkeley specifically), especially as this is my first opportunity to spend some real time exploring the West Coast!

Overall, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the summer. Although I wouldn’t consider myself the most entrepreneurial person (I’m fairly risk-averse), I love being in an environment filled with creative people passionate and dedicated enough to pursue their ideas in order to solve real-life problems.

Thank you again to the Duke Summer Innovation Program via the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative for providing this opportunity!

Over ‘n out


Osama Shehzad – Kinsa

Hi! I’m Osama, currently a student in the Duke Master of Engineering Management Program. I graduated from Georgia Tech, where I majored in Electrical Engineering. When I was looking for internships, I wanted something that was at the intersection of electrical engineering, project management and my interests and passions.

I was very lucky to find out about Kinsa. Kinsa has developed the world’s first smart thermometer that allows users to take body temperature readings using their smartphones. Healthcare and engineering are two of my passions, and for my senior design project at Georgia Tech, I worked on Pyrexia; a low-power, wireless body temperature measuring device with an Android smartphone as the user interface. Naturally, when I found out about Kinsa, I was very eager to work here because not only did the technology aspect excite me, I was also motivated by Kinsa’s mission. The data gathered using the smart thermometers will be used to generate “health maps.” These health maps can enable us to fight spread of diseases in not only the US, but more importantly in developing countries, where spread of easily avoidable and much more deadly.

I’ve been working at Kinsa for three weeks now. It’s a small, yet very energetic and high performing team. Every day we meet up for a daily “scrum”, where everyone tells what they accomplished yesterday, and what their goals are for today. What I really like about working at Kinsa till now is the flatness and the amount of interdependence. I’m working with the Engineering Project Management team, and managing a couple of high priority projects. The amount of responsibility that I have been assigned is immense, and the level of faith my supervisors have put in me, has motivated to work extra hard to exceed expectations. In the three weeks here, I’ve been working on Quality Control projects, Testing, software and hardware engineering, and management projects.
What I’ve learnt till now is how to own projects, or sub projects, while working with others. Anticipating what will be coming up next, and preparing for it, is a quality that all good project managers need, this includes laying the ground work for others, engineers, testers, and even other program managers to succeed. As a project manager, you need to make detailed plans, but be very flexible in their execution. Knowing the bigger picture is very important. I’ve learnt that in a highly interdependent company, personal success is highly correlated to overall success of the company, and company failure, in any aspect, is considered a personal failure by everyone on the team. Kinsa really has a very collaborative culture that helps everyone learn something new all the time. 
Kinsa is also a very high paced work environment, where in order to meet tight deadlines, you need to have a very clear idea of what your priorities are and then make sure you meet your top needs. The subsequent needs/priorities can be met in later iterations of the project. My supervisors at Kinsa have also given me honest feedback, that has helped me improve my inter-office communication and self-management skills. 
My goals for the summer are to:
  • Successfully own and manage the projects that I am assigned to completion
  • Develop my project management skills that I can leverage later
  • Learn how to work and succeed in a fast paced environment

Ben Schwab – Introduction

Hello! My name is Ben and I am a senior majoring in Computer Science and Math. This summer I am an intern at Coursera working on the mobile team. This is my first summer in the bay after spending last summer in Seattle working on the Microsoft Kinect.

The first thing that struck me coming from my previous experience internship is that there is no such thing as an “Intern” project at a fast moving startup. In my first two days on the job I have already pushed code fixing a couple bugs. Being one of the primary engineers on a product used by hundreds of thousands of people creates a combination of exhilaration and exhaustion that makes me excited for each day of work.


I look forward to meeting everyone this summer!