Topic: Nurtured By Design: applying ergonomics engineering principles and best practices to designing evidence-based devices that improve the safety and quality of life of children and families.

Bio: In 2001 after working in engineering and construction for the oil and gas industry for over a decade, Yamile gave birth prematurely to Zachary, who weighed less than 2 lbs. and was in the intensive care unit for 5 months. He survived the deluge of Tropical Storm Allison that flooded his hospital in Houston and shutdown the power to his life-support equipment. Zachary was kept alive “by hand” for 9 hours until he was evacuated. During those agonizing hours Yamile held him in Kangaroo Care to keep him warm and made a promise that Zachary’s pain and struggle to survive were not going to be in vain. http://goo.gl/SMe9Lo (Video by Oprah Winfrey)

Since that day, Yamile dedicates her professional life to applying ergonomics engineering principles and best practices to designing evidence-based devices that improve the safety and quality of life of children and families. Her award winning Nurturing Technology™ includes The Zaky™, Kangaroo Zak®, and Zen by Zak™. She is a consultant, coach, pioneer and global leader in nurturing developmental care and Kangaroo Care, and has visited hospitals and Kangaroo Care Centers around the world. She has received 18+ awards including the Oprah’s and Toyota’s Standing Ovation Award (and $25,000 Grant), Top 20 Latino Innovators of the Year by NBC Latino, and the Outstanding Woman Owned Business by SCORE. Zachary is a healthy 15 year old and is Nurtured by Design’s CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer). Yamile is a Licensed Professional Engineer and holds a PhD in Ergonomics and Human Factors, a Masters in Industrial Engineering, and a Masters in Engineering Management.