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Design Group Industrial Affiliates Program

The Design Group currently houses three distinct affiliates programs:

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 Kristin Burns.


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

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 developments 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 affiliate 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 corporate affiliate needs. This is accomplished through visits to affiliate facilities, by providing information about current Design activities and by supporting student recruiting activities. Close contact between the affiliate and the Design Goup fosters renewed commitment and is a vital component of the Design Industrial Affiliates Teaching Program.

All Affiliates are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs.

Program Membership Fees and Benefits

To explore opportunities for participation, please review our summary of Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Project Opportunities with Industry

A sampling of design affiliates from past years

Click the heading to see some of the wide range of companies which have enjoyed successful collaboration with Design over the years.

View the complete list of Stanford University Industrial Affiliate Programs.


CARS Affiliates Program

Director: Professor Chris Gerdes

Program Manager:  Adele Tanaka

Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) is an interdisciplinary research community at Stanford University.  CARS' vision is that by creating a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines at Stanford with leading industry researchers, we can radically re-envision the automobile for unprecedented levels of safety, performance and enjoyment.  Our mission is to develop ideas and discover, build and deploy critical innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers.

Through membership in the CARS Affiliates Program, companies join the automotive community at Stanford.  Membership funds enrich this community by providing support for an executive director, administrative support, shared infrastructure for research and teaching, student project teams and new educational initiatives.

For further information, please see the CARS website.

Stanford University policies.

To join the CARS Affiliates Program:
Please contact the Program Manager, Adele Tanaka
Telephone:  (650) 736-4322
Fax: (650) 723-3521

Mechanical Engineering Design
Stanford University

Building 550, Room 133, MC 4021
Stanford, CA 94305-2203



Center for Design Research (CDR) Affiliates Program

Director: Professor Larry Leifer

Information about the Center for Design Research (CDR) Affiliates Program is available on the CDR site.