I'm Ethan Li, a third-year Bioengineering PhD student in Manu Prakash's lab at Stanford University. I design and build hardware+software systems for global health and frugal science. I go by they/them pronouns.

The working title of my thesis project is Open-source medical devices towards global health equity: invention, development, and implementation. The global medical device industry does not – and will not – make accessible, affordable, and appropriate technologies at the scales needed by the >6 billion people outside wealthy areas of wealthy countries. So I'm studying strategies for how platforms and international communities might be built to support cooperative development of locally-appropriate medical devices. There are many exciting questions in this area, including sustainability, governance, ethics, and standardization. For my thesis, I'm focusing on three key questions: scalability, clinical efficacy, and safety.

If you want to chat about any of these topics, you can find me on Mastodon as @[email protected], or you can email me at [email protected]. If you want to check out my background, please refer to my CV.


Notes on open-source medical devices, embedded systems, and global health equity. Here are the first 2 posts so far:

The unyielding foundations rule

January 12, 2021 [#systems engineering] [#design] [#electronics] [#case study]

problem-solving with modular design

Open-source licensing for frugal science

December 16, 2020 [#open source] [#licensing] [#explainer]

a practical FAQ-style introduction