provides a great opportunity to learn valuable engineering skills in a
real-world, project team-based environment. ME317 has taught over 2500
students the past 31 years, and provides an opportunity to work with a
company and fellow students on a typical industry project.
- Potential Internships or Employment opportunities: ME317 is an
industry-supported project course, offering opportunities to interact
with the project affiliates and build relationships. ME317 also
attracts industry-based students, some of whom may be working on
campus projects. These contacts can lead to summer internship or
- Interview preparation: ever been in an interview and asked to "tell
me how you solved a complex product development challenge in the
past"? ME317 provides both the opportunity (project) and the tools
(Design Methods) to knock this question out of the park. After taking
this course, you will be able to explain how you considered broad
stakeholder requirements, system complexity and reliability, and
product financials all in the context of system concept development.
- Valuable skills for product development/analysis/program management:
ME317 is the gift that keeps on giving. The tools you learn in this
class will serve you well in a wide variety of industry positions; and
many of these tools have been used and refined over the 31-year ME317
- Potential for travel: Some projects may require either domestic or
What is Stanford ME317?
ME317 Design Methods is a 6-month, 2-quarter course delivered from January
to June. ME317 is a project-based course--there are no examinations, but
there are plenty of homeworks, presentations, and project reports. ME317
addresses "system development" of a wide variety of project applications,
including establishing requirements, concept development, financial
evaluation, and communicating results. ME317 includes both standard
lecture-based material as well as frequent interaction with the ME317
If I sign up for ME317A, do I
have to take ME317B?
Yes. Since this is a project-based course, a change in student enrollment
from ME317A to ME317B is very disruptive to the project team, and unfair
to the project affiliate. Therefore, we ask only those students who can
commit to two quarters to sign up for ME317A. For on-campus students, you
will be given a provisional N grade for ME317A, and then letter grades for
both ME317A and ME317B at the completion of ME317B.
What project will I work on in
For on-campus students and industry singletons, you will be assigned a
project to work on. You will have a chance to view the project offerings
at the special session after the 2nd lecture (Jan. 6th, 5:30PM), and you
can indicate a preference for particular projects that you would like to
work on. Although we try to satisfy most student preferences, we also need
to take into consideration other factors (experience, company popularity,
on-campus vs. remote participant, etc.)
Will I have to travel for this
Yes, you may have to travel to conduct project work and interact with
affiliates. We understand that students have other classes and
obligations, so trip scheduling is conducted with this in mind.