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Industry Affiliate Program for Teaching Design Thinking

Membership in this program gives industrial representatives the opportunity for close association with the faculty and students in one of the nation's most highly regarded design education programs.

Companies are welcome to send job postings for electronic distribution to our students to


Our affiliate companies are preferentially eligible for participation in project courses. Student teams and/or individuals are involved in the synthesis of design solutions to problems that are supplied by industry.

Design Partnership

An annual meeting is held on campus for all members of the program. This gathering provides an important opportunity to meet with students, exchange technical information and ideas with others, and obtain information on current and future developments in Design. This meeting emphasizes the importance of constant involvement between all of us through workshops, student activities, research and personal contact.

An important part of the affiliate's role is to ensure that faculty and students are aware of industrial conditions and needs, keeping them current on present development and future plans via a constant exchange of theory and methodology. This will assure that teaching and research within the academic system are in tune with industrial interests and concerns.

Faculty Liaison

Direct links are established by individual choice between a member of the faculty and a corporate representative. Through this close association, areas of interest common to both organizations are identified and joint projects formulated. The faculty liaison assures a satisfactory response to partner needs. This is accomplished through visits to partner facilities; by providing partner with information about current Design activities; and by supporting student recruiting activities. Close contact between the corporate partner and the Design Goup fosters renewed commitment and is a vital component of the Design Industrial Affiliates Teaching Program.


Learn more about Stanford University Policies for Industrial Affiliates Programs.


To explore opportunites for participation, please review this guide, and contact Administrative Director Kristin Burns.

Mechanical Engineering Design
Stanford University

Building 550, Room 114, MC 4021
Stanford, CA 94305-2203

Phone: (650) 723-4288
Fax: (650) 723-3521

Explore some of the companies that have enjoyed successful collaboration with Design through the affiliates program.