develops medical technology for developing countries with a shortage of resources, initially
through the product SafeShot to reduce the spread of blood borne diseases.
Emily M. Willard
President and Co-Founder
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Emily, a bioengineering senior, is the president of Engage with extensive experience in operations improvements as well as engineering administration. Over the summer, she worked for the world’s largest for-profit healthcare facility operator, Hospital Corporation of America. In just 8 weeks, she was able to identify $1.2 million in cost and operations savings at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Florida. She is qualified to be the president of Engage because she has a deep understanding of medical equipment, supply chains, and cost efficiency in health care settings.

Katherine E Brandenstein 
Vice President and Co-Founder
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Katherine is the vice president of Engage and a bioengineering senior. With over 1000 hours of laboratory experience in research and development, Katherine is uniquely qualified to serve as the Vice President. Last summer she worked in process development at the world’s largest independent contract manufacturing company. Engage is a research-intensive business, making Katherine more than qualified to develop this product. Additionally, she has a strong background and understanding of cellular research which aides in designing experiments for this product.


Technical Advisor: Dr. Howard Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Davis is a professor at Washington State University as well as the director of the Harold Frank Entrepreneurship Institution. He has been president of a medical device company as well as a software company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Developing World Technologies.
Business Advisor: Marie Mayes, MBA
Ms. Mayes is a professor at Washington State University as well as the director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She has also served as the Instructor of Marketing for almost five years at University of Oregon. At Washington State University she coordinates the business element of programs such as Boeing Scholar and the Frank Entrepreneurship Institute.
Project Mentor: Dr. Timothy Ewing, Ph.D.
Dr. Ewing has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and is currently working at Washington State University as a clinical laboratory supervisor. He teaches Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering classes at the university. His strong background in material sciences, 3-D modeling, and 3-D printing has been helpful in prototype development.  
Financial Advisor: Carol Wheeler
With over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, Carol provides a strong background for guiding this project and company to financial success. For over ten years she worked as Chief Financial Officer for Frontier Bank and was named ninth best CFO in the United States by U.S. Banker Magazine in 2008. She now works as Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Senior Services of Snohomish County.
Outreach and Funding Advisor: Cheryl Escobido, MBA
She earned her MBA from University of California, Berkeley with emphasis in marketing and accounting. After getting her undergraduate degree in accounting she worked at the Berkeley City Ballet on grant writing and cooperative giving. After getting her MBA she worked at CH2M Hill as an economic forecaster.