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What it means to collaborate with Stanford Engineering

Collaboration and a spirit of innovation are deeply woven into our culture. Technology transfer is core to our mission. It’s one way we make a difference. And it makes us different, too.

Stanford and Silicon Valley grew up together, one influencing and shaping the other. The same close relationships with our partners continue here today —nurturing a collaborative community, the free flow of information, and an environment organized for research and transformative innovation.

Our people, our entrepreneurial tradition, and our relationships with industry, government, and our own schools of medicine, business, and the sciences, make us uniquely qualified to support the broad interests of our affiliates.

Join an Affiliate Program

Affiliate programs in the School of Engineering have provided an avenue for industry to get involved with Stanford departments and faculty for 40 years. Membership in an affiliate program provides companies with facilitated access to research programs, faculty, and students involved in topics of interest ranging from the specific to the interdisciplinary.

Corporate members can benefit from attending annual meetings and research symposia, receiving topical reports and publications, and conducting individual meeting with researchers. In some instances member companies have opportunities to recruit students at targeted events. From nanotechnology to social networking and clean tech to photonics, our more than 30 affiliate programs cover a wide variety of industry areas.

For more information, contact:

Mauricio Valencia

Director of Corporate Relations

Jeff Gordon
Associate Director of Corporate Relations


Join Biodesign 

Among the sub-disciplines in Bioengineering, Biodesign has specifically focused on building resources to support invention and technology transfer in the biomedical technology area. The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign provides faculty and students access to over 1,500 professionals in health care technology, along with patenting, prototyping, regulatory and other resources. Biodesign and the Office of Technology Licensing have partnered to develop a technology assessment program in which outside experts from the med tech and venture industry help evaluate and market new inventions. This activity has resulted in a significant increase in patenting and licensing activity by faculty members in the med tech sector, with 50 major med tech licenses executed in the last 10 years. Biodesign has also developed a fellowship program and several course sequences for young med tech inventors. Within the last 10 years, the fellowship and courses have led to the filing of multiple patents, the creation of 12 venture-backed start-ups by fellows and students, and several licenses to existing companies. In total, over 150 industry leaders regularly participate in courses and other Biodesign events.