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Founded in 2003, the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design, known as the, is still exploring how exactly it fits into the larger Stanford community, according to those who regularly utilize the school.

The core idea of the, according to Executive Director Sarah Stein Greenberg, is based on its human-centered approach. More and more classes across Stanford are beginning to employ “Design Thinking,” a user-friendly methodology of solving the world’s problems, brought to life with stages of empathy, ideation and prototyping, and which focuses strongly on the user.