Nick Azpiroz, Stanford Class of 2014, is a recipient of the Health for America Fellowship. As part of a team of four Fellows, Nick was chosen from a national pool of applicants that included alumni of Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, MIT, and dozens of other universities across the country.
Nick was selected based on his background in technology and engineering, his demonstrated abilities with design and fabrication, and his interest in improving the American healthcare system.
While at Stanford, Nick majored in Science, Technology, and Society with a focused depth in Mechanical Engineering. He studied abroad in Madrid and is fluent in Spanish, in addition to his working knowledge of a number of computer programming languages. Nick’s Stanford coursework in Intro to Human Values in Design and Needfinding laid the groundwork for his interest in the Health for America fellowship.
“My career goal is simple: to solve problems that affect the well-being of many,” says Nick. “But one question I couldn’t answer before attending Stanford was just how to do that. Through the interdisciplinary program in Science, Technology, and Society, I was able to take advantage of Stanford’s incredible d.school classes in design thinking, while at the same time taking classes in political science, ethics, and sociology. And since healthcare is a topic that spans so many spheres, Health for America is the perfect apprenticeship to complement my education.”
As a Health for America Fellow, Nick has the opportunity to conceptualize and actualize health technology solutions. The three Fellows working as Nick’s teammates are millennials Ellen Kourakos, Sandra Hwang, and Megan Caldwell.