ME317 relies on Corporate Project Affiliates in both providing real-world
projects for our campus-based students, and student-employees for in-house
projects. This support provides the key learning vehicle for the ME317
curriculum, as well as ensures continued development of the design
- Interact with Stanford Grad students to solve a particular project
challenge at your company.
- Cost: $17K for Project Affiliation; required project travel may be
- This project interaction will give you exposure to the Stanford
ME317 curriculum and philosophy.
- Interaction with students could lead to internship or employee
Stanford's Manufacturing Modeling Lab invites you to propose a project for
ME317's 28th year. ME317 Design Methods is our two-quarter graduate-level
project course in which 2-4 Master's and Ph.D. students work as a team on
a project in affiliation with a company. Our focus is "design for business
success". Typically, we have 4-5 on-campus projects. ME317 runs during
Winter and Spring (early January to early June); the work product at the
end is a report and, if appropriate, a model of the project concept.
Support an ME317 Project?
For $17,000 you will get the brain power and expertise of 2-4 Stanford
Engineering Graduate Students plus a Faculty Member and a Teaching
Assistant working on your company’s issue. At the end of Winter Quarter,
your project team will present their Product Definition of their project
highlighting the Value Proposition and the financial payback the project
will contribute to your bottom line. In June, the students will make
their Final Presentation and present you their Final Report on their
findings and make recommendations on what your company should implement.
Weekly, your company representative will discuss the project with your
student team so you will always be in the loop. All company project work
is done concurrently with our ME 317 lecture series where we teach the
advanced methods of Product Definition and Quality by Design
Methodology. The methods range from characterization of strategic
objectives, societal needs, user scenarios and values, and
manufacturability to other life-cycle complexities such as reliability,
sustainability, financial analysis, FMEA, and cost drivers. ME317A
develops a comprehensive product definition while ME317B seeks “Quality
by Design” to generate concepts and a development roadmap that
co-optimize the product design and manufacturing process.
- NOT on your businesses’ critical path AND Fits one or more of the
- A hairy issue that you don’t have the resources to work on;
- A cost reduction of an existing product;
- Exploration for a new market for an existing technology;
- Identification of how to apply GREEN technology to a new arena;
- Vast improvement of quality levels and/or yields;
- New business or service process; or
- Surprise us with something else.
- Recent project partners have included Google, Cisco, NASA, Mitsui,
Hitachi and Ebara.
to Get Involved
- October - November:
- Contact KURT BEITER (650-799-8396, firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Consulting Prof. EDITH WILSON,(707-953-0342, email@example.com)
to discuss your project ideas and to scope your project.
- November - December:
- Finalize your project and complete the necessary paperwork with