Philip Niles is pursuing his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees at Case Western in Cleveland. He completed his undergraduate magna cum laude in three years, and majored in economics. Philip has pursued several independent projects including: evaluating the economic value of renovating public square for the Cleveland City Planning Commission, starting an HIV/AIDS testing center in Kenya, working as a supply chain management consultant for ORBIS International, an organization committed to preventing avoidable blindness through the use of its airplane-turned-eye hospital, in the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam, and, most recently, Philip has been named a Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Management Scholar, and consulted for the Cleveland Clinic Quality and Patient Safety Institute on the costs of postoperative complications. Philip has also been honored as a 2009 TED Fellow.
My 20% time. In Google's spirit, I try to commit 20% of my time on projects that are not my main focus. It keeps me fresh.
Strangely, I've always wanted to improve elevators. Otis elevators move the equivalent of the world's population every nine days. Picture NYC without elevators. Needless to say, it is not OK to be complacent with their design.
Companies study traffic algorithms and mechanics, but simplistic approaches could lead to new feature offerings. For instance, why can't you "un-push" a button on an elevator? If you push the wrong floor, why can't you undo your error by pushing it again? Why can't we call for more than one elevator? When a lecture hall empties at a multi-thousand person conference or after university classes, everyone waits for the elevators, yet the lifts still show up one by one. This leads to massive queues. Why can't one hold in the call button for a few seconds to summon multiple lifts?
Google "NYC Marriott Marquis elevators" for the best redesign in modern elevator history.
Also, I want to create a one-click way to make pocket-change-sized donations to charities.
Group dynamics, kidney transplant waiting list, side projects, ethics, the Economist, a post-aging world, learning styles, consumerism, inaction, becoming a rock star, effective time mismanagement
Reading body language, remembering excerpts of conversations for years, consumer product design, foosball
TED 2009 Fellow, TEDMED2009, TEDxCLE
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