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Design Group Instructors

A partial listing of Academic Staff-Teaching & Other Teaching Staff instructors for Design Group courses

Adjunct Professor Bill Burnett is Executive Director of the Design Program. Bill and Lecturer David Evans have written a book, “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” (Knopf), described in this New York Times article.

Lecturer Kathy Davies is interested in the design of high impact goods and services, and in the application of design thinking to affect personal and cultural change. She teaches ME216 Implementation, the 2-quarter product design capstone course, and the life design courses: ME104S Designing Your Stanford, ME104B Designing Your Life and E311B Designing the Professional. She is the Managing Director of the Stanford Life Design Lab.

Lecturer Dan Somen is the manager of the Product Realization Lab's Room 36 student workspace and project lab in the Huang Engineering Center. He is eager to help give students of all disciplines the tools and confidence to explore their creative ideas through hands-on design.

LecturerJoe Hustein focuses on the interplay of law, business and intellectual property and their effects on strategies in the design and commercialization of technology. He brings more than three decades of experience as an engineer, industrial designer and business lawyer to his classes on technology licensing. Hustein has been the general counsel of several Silicon Valley companies and is currently at SVTC Technologies, an R&D semiconductor fab headquartered in San Jose, CA.

Lecturer David L. Jaffe has interests that include embedded microcomputer systems and alternative user interfaces. He teaches Perspectives in Assistive Technology, a winter quarter course that explores the broad spectrum of issues surrounding the design, development and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities. He is the Associate Director of the Alex Tung Memorial Assistive Technology Laboratory at Stanford (ATLAS).

Lecturer Marlo Dreissigacker Kohn is the Associate Director of the Product Realization Lab and teaches ME325: Making Multiples. Marlo is interested in elastomeric and injection molded part design and early product design development.

Lecturer Jeffrey Schox is a registered patent attorney and the founding member of Schox Patent Group, a boutique patent firm devoted to building patent portfolios that enable startups to increase value and attract funding. Drawing on his experience of over 10 years in patent law and his degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering, he has filed over 250 patent applications in a broad range of cutting-edge technologies. Jeffrey also teaches patent law in Stanford's law school.