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Industrial Affiliates Program

Stanford encourages interaction with companies and welcomes industry participation in our research.

Learn more about the benefits of joining an affiliate program

Center for Design Research Affiliates Program

The Center for Design Research (CDR) is a community of scholars focused on understanding and augmenting engineering design innovation practice and education. We are dedicated to facilitating individual creativity, understanding the team design process, and developing advanced tools and methods that promote superior design and manufacturing of products. We develop concepts and technical solutions for design thinking, concurrent engineering, distributed collaborative design and design knowledge reuse.  

The Center for Design Research (CDR) Industry Affiliates Program provides a unique relationship between academic research and industry.

Members are entitled to a full range of benefits including an annual meeting, the opportunity to support PhD student research, active engagement with research programs, revelant faculty and students. Projects typically involve a combination of engineering design synthesis, design tool development and design thinking studies.

The CDR Affiliates fee is $100,000 per year of membership, and companies can join the program at any time for a 12-month period.

For more information about participating faculty, visit our CDR Team page. All CDR Affiliates are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs.