The Product Design capstone class ME216 is challenging students to get their concepts out of the classroom and into their user’s hands. Small teams of Product Design seniors use the design process that they have mastered to find an authentic user need, craft a product that meets that need, and then make that product real in the world. Some teams have partnered with established companies to build their concepts, but most are getting funding for their projects from crowdfunding sites. You can see student projects here on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Bill Burnett is a Consulting Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and currently the Executive Director of the Design Program. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Product Design at Stanford and has worked professionally on a wide variety of projects ranging from award-winning Apple portable computers to the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures.