Stanford’s National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) recently selected 12 universities as the inaugural cohort of the center’s Pathways to Innovation program.
Economies Unseen, the ninth annual conference of the Stanford Association for International Development (SAID), probed the informal economy–a network of informal and illicit transactions collectively worth $10 trillion a year–in an all-day event on Saturday.
Over the last five years, the percentage of undergraduate engineering majors at Stanford has risen from 20 percent to 38 percent thanks to a change in curriculum and an increased focus on interdisciplinary studies.
The growth has been increasing every year, with computer science (CS)—which tripled in size—and product design seeing the largest increases and bioengineering—which was only offered as an undergraduate major starting five years ago—also growing, said Dean of the School of Engineering Jim Plummer M.S. ‘67 Ph.D. ‘71 in an email statement.
Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Weinstein and d.school lecturer Jenny Stefanotti founded the Governance Collaboratory almost a year ago with the intent of helping civil society activists and government reformers use innovation and design thinking to improve developing countries’ governance.
The class, which is in its 10th year, has allowed 325 students to work with global partners in 14 countries to create products that improve the lives of impoverished people. This year, the 40 graduate students in the course are collaborating with five global partners to manage the design of 10 new products.
Student teams presented proposals to the Haas Center for Public Service’s Executive Director Thomas Schnaubelt and Director of Executive Partnerships Kelly Beck, who served as judges.