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ME310 STANFORD

ME310 STANFORD - Product and Service Innovation Post-Graduation is an interdisciplinary, project-based and team-based course for graduate students (BA or MA) and represents a true integration between engineering, business and design disciplines. Originally created at Stanford University, the course has operated continuously for over forty years. The course is now focused on teaching students the innovation methods and processes required for designers, engineers, and project managers of the future. Upon the completion of the course, students have acquired the skills necessary to be global innovation leaders.

In ME310, student teams work on innovation challenges proposed by corporate partners for nine months, learning and applying the Stanford/IDEO design process. The students develop a product to prototype, test and iterate to solve real world design challenges for multinational corporate sponsors. Through the projects, students go through an intense and iterative process of needfinding, ideation, and fast prototyping to create and develop new product concepts. Company involvement provides the reality that is important for teams to improve their innovation abilities. In the end, all teams deliver functional proof-of-concept prototypes along with in-depth documentation that not only capture the essence of designs but the learnings that led to the ideas. Every team in ME310 collaborates with another team from a foreign university for the duration of the project. The partnership adds diversity to the project teams and students are given the opportunity to experience true global collaboration, a skill required in this highly-globalized world. Final proof-of-concept prototypes are typically presented at the Stanford Design EXPE, in June, in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

ME310 is all hands-on, all the time. 
 

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