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2009 TEDxColumbus: Global

Reade Harpham

Reade Harpham has more than 12 years experience with a wide variety of product development projects ranging from medical devices and consumer electronics to conceptual studies for the U.S. Military and Bio-Tech markets. As manager of Industrial Design for Battelle, Harpham is directly responsible for the activities of the design group, and acts as a technical advisor to multiple programs within Battelle and its Medical Device Solutions (MDS) product line. As part of the Systems Engineering function within MDS, he acts as the Human Factors Engineering Lead, overseeing all active programs and assuring Industrial Design and Human Factors are adequately represented at all stages of the development program. He is actively involved in the design process from initial opportunity qualification, proposal planning and execution, through detailed design and development.

Change for the good is a deeply personal topic for Reade Harpham. His day job as an industrial designer presents him with amazingly complex challenges that indeed, already lead to significant global change. But, the need he saw was greater than what he could reach between 9 and 5. His story of how he answered the question, “So, what are you going to do about it?” will move you and leave yourself asking the same thing.

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