Bio

Dara holds a BS in Industrial Design with a minor in International Business from MSCD. Dara combines her design strategy experience and rapid ethnographic assessment to empower others through technology.

With a focus on disrupting supply chains and “making” in austere environments she has co-founded Field Ready, focusing in on-demand manufacturing in post Disaster Zones. Recently in Haiti, Field Ready brought 3D printers to teach locals how to make needed medical supplies and replacement parts for rural clinics.

In the Bay Area, Dara also works as Human Factors Lead for Made In Space, Inc., a company that built and operates the first gravity-independent 3D printer on the International Space Station. In her free time Dara flies drones and is attempting to break the space time continuum. Dara believes that 3D printing in space is just the beginning.

email: ashleydara@gmail.com

An Interview with Dara

When I was 10 I wanted to be the first woman on Mars.

I am proud of... Working on a 3D Printer that was launched to the International Space Station in Nov 2014 has only been paled in comparison to the joy of founding the first innovation lab in Haiti. Helping young people to create new tools and a new Haiti has been nothing but inspirational.

The biggest obstacle... I have faced was self-doubt and my learning disabilities. Repeatedly being called stupid when I was young had its toll. As it turns out thinking differently has paid off.

My advice to women is... play, love, and live with passion. If there is something you really - really- want to do, than no one can stop you. If they can stop you, it’s not what you really want to do. You will encounter challenges however it is these challenges that create the unique beautiful you.