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Neeraj Sonalkar

Neeraj Sonalkar

Engr Res Assoc, Mechanical Engineering - Design
Ph.D., Stanford University, Engineering Design (2012)
Certificate, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Entrepreneurship (2010)
M.S., Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering (2006)
B.E., University of Mumbai, Mechanical Engineering (2002)

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The Human Innovation Engineering group at the Center for Design Research conducts empirical and field research oriented towards acceleration of radical innovation by teams, organizations and regional ecosystems. We study and model how humans innovate both at the interpersonal interaction level and at the broader level of an organization or a regional innovation ecosystem such as the Silicon Valley. This research furthers our understanding of innovation as the outcome of an integrated system spanning individual mindset, interpersonal interaction dynamics, and the underlying physical, institutional, financial and knowledge infrastructure. We work with commercial firms, universities, foundations and cities to apply the insights gained from this understanding towards accelerating their innovation capability, and at the same time to further develop our models and metrics for innovation.