Our Mission
We believe that designers need to be responsible for the “last mile” of the design process.

     We are all about Impact and working on the world’s biggest challenges. We believe that designers need to be responsible for the “last mile” of design. We are educating the next generation of designers and leaders who will innovate and implement, and funding the next generation of researchers who will generate novel solutions to the complex problems facing our society and our planet.
     Our program is project-based, highly immersive, and is based on design thinking, the human-centered design process pioneered at Stanford. We teach the process, mindsets and skills needed to lead high-impact design teams. We prepare our students with a rigorous approach to problem-finding and solving, and we expect them to produce extraordinary results. We focus on the strategic without sacrificing the actionable, creating innovative and tangible solutions. In our work on products, services, systems, and experiences, empathy is our guiding principle.
     We are looking for exceptional Students and Fellows to join us at Stanford and help us transform the world.

d.school connection
What is the difference between the d.school and a Master of Science in Design Impact?

    The Master of Science in Design Impact was created for students who want to focus solely on design for their graduate work.
     The d.school (formally called the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) was created to introduce design thinking methodology to as many Stanford students as possible in order to give them confidence in their creative ability—regardless of their field of study. The d.school is a “school crossing” for students and professors from all schools within the university, and unlike the MS in Design Impact, the d.school doesn’t offer a degree.
     For example, if you’re getting an MBA, you could augment that degree by building skills in design thinking. You would apply to the business school and then come to the d.school to take supplementary classes. The same is true if you are applying to the Medical School to become a doctor, or applying to the School of Education to gain expertise in that field. If you have a depth of interest in any particular field but want to get involved in the d.school, apply to the graduate program that best suits your interest, and augment your degree program with classes offered at the d.school.
     Attending any of the seven graduate schools at Stanford will make you eligible for classes at the d.school; simply apply for the individual d.school classes that most interest you. However, if you want to gain depth and expertise in design and make it the focus of your studies, projects, and community at Stanford, we welcome your application for the MS in Design Impact.

Bill Burnett
Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Executive Director of the Product Design Program
Sean Follmer
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
David Kelley
Donald W. Whittier Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Founder and Chairman of IDEO
Renée Chao
Design Program Administrator
Class of 2021
Adrienne Baer
Empathic Healthcare
Product Enhancement Strategist at Optum · University of Maryland College Park, BS in Information Systems ‘17
Jack Boland
Empathic Healthcare
Mechanical Engineer at Design Concepts · University of Wisconsin- Madison, BS in Mechanical Engineering ‘13
Nicole Gonzalez
Empowering Power
Flight Electronics Engineer
at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory · Princeton University, BSE in Electrical Engineering ‘16
Radwa Hamed
Empathic Healthcare
Data Processing Engineer at Affectiva, Inc. · American University in Cairo, BS in Computer & Electrical Engineering ‘17
Jaime James Josephson
Empowering Power
Product Designer at Facebook · Lewis & Clark College, BA in Mathematics '17
Luke Liechty
Empowering Power
Product Technician at Boa Tech, Inc. · Reed College, BS in Physics ‘14
Krisjanus Mazurs
Empathic Healthcare
Lecturer at Art Academy of Latvia Co-Founder, CEO of Yelo Edu App · Stockholm School of Economics Riga, Bachelor of Economics ‘12
Gina Mendolia
Empowering Power
Product Operations Director at OpenBiome · Middlebury College, BA in Biochem & Econ ‘14
Roy Ombatti
Empathic Healthcare
Founder & CEO at AB3D · University of Nairobi, BS in Mechanical Engineering ‘14
Olga Saadi
Empathic Healthcare
Franchise Development Analyst
at Ipiranga · Pontificia Universidade Rio de Janeiro BS in Production Eng ‘18
Emily Schooley
Empathic Healthcare
Mechanical Design Engineer at Applied Materials · Harvey Mudd College, BS in Engineering ‘17
Jenny Wang
Empowering Power
Associate Product Manager
at Morningstar · Northwestern University, BS in Manufacturing & Design Eng ‘16
Amy Xiong
Empathic Autonomy
Hardware Engineer at Medtronic · Duke University, BE in Biomedical & Electrical Eng ‘17
Class of 2022
Camille Berry
Empathic Healthcare
Director of Product at Reliant Immune Diagnostics · University of California Los Angeles, BS in Cognitive Science
Sujude Dalieh
Empathic Healthcare
Product Manager at Soco Labs · University of California Berkeley, BS in Chemistry
Eli Davis
Empathic Healthcare
UX Specialist at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation · University of Michigan, BSE in Mechanical Engineering
Madeleine de Lotbinière-Bassett
Empathic Healthcare
Neurosurgery Resident at University of Calgary · University of British Columbia, Doctor of Medicine
Erika Francks
Empowering Power
Fullbright Postgraduate Researcher at One Power Africa · Santa Clara University, BS in Environmental Studies
Kevin Lee
Empowering Power
Digital Strategy Consultant at IBM · University of Michigan, BSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering
Harrison Lin
Empowering Power
Mechanical Design Engineer at Carbon 3D · Rice University, BS in Mechanical Engineering
Sandesh Manik
Empathic Healthcare
Consulting Engineer and Studio5B Fellow, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories · Manipal Institute of Technolog, BTech in Mechatronics Engineering
Laura Schütz
Empathic Autonomy
UX/UI Designer at Stella Medical · Technical University of Munich, BA in Architecture, MS in Industrial Design
Donald Swen
Empowering Power
William J. Clinton Fellow at American India Foundation · Columbia University, BS in Materials Science