Our Mission

     Join us and learn how to apply design to some of the world’s trickiest challenges. In the Design Impact MS program students learn to envision, create, implement and reflect.
     Our program is project-based and highly immersive. Students learn processes, abilities, mindsets and skills needed to be an ethical, equitable, and impactful designer in today’s world. We are equally rigorous about problem-finding and solving, and believe in a human-centered approach that prioritizes people and planet over profit. 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 a guiding principle.
     We are looking for exceptional students to join us at Stanford and begin their journey towards transforming the world for the better.

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.

Carissa Carter
Adjunct Professor at the d.school,
Academic Director of the Product Design Program
Sean Follmer
Assistant Professor in 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
Stanford Design Program Manager
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 Technology, 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
Class of 2023
Pia Bocanegra
Associate at EY-Parthenon · Cornell University, BS in Applied Economics and Management
Bryan K. Dang
Head of Product at Syminar & Nurse-Educator at SJSU · San José State University, BS in Nursing & HCI minor
Gabriella Dweck
Thoracic Process Engineer at W.L. Gore & Associates · Georgia Tech, BS in Biomedical Engr
Jierui Fang
Design Strategist at Tidepool · Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BSc in Art & Design
Joxemari Gallastegi
CEO at Joma · Deusto University, BS in Computer Eng, BA Business Admin, ISDI MIB
Ayisha Jackson
Product Engineer at BioLite · Brown University, BS in Materials Engineering
Sonya Kotov
Software Engineer at Microsoft · University of Michigan, BS in Computer Science · London School of Economics & Political Science, MS in Behavioral Science
Antonio Medina
Design Fellow at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation & Design · Yale University, BS in Mechanical Engineering
Kelly Redmond
Captain, US Army · BS in Environmental Engineering, US Military Academy at West Point
Laura Schütz
Empathic Autonomy
UX/UI Designer at Stella Medical · Technical University of Munich, BA in Architecture, MS in Industrial Design
Kaylin Rochford
Product Designer at Gusto · University of California, Berkeley, BA in Molecular & Cell Biology
Laura Schütz
Co-Founder & Designer Stella Medical · Technical University of Munich, BA in Architecture, MS in Industrial Design
Stanford Stickney
Assistive Technology Advocate · University of California Berkeley, BS in Business Administration
L'Nard Tufts
D-Ford Design Thinking Catalyst at Ford Motor Company · The Ohio State University, BS in Mechanical Engineering, Design Minor