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Professor of Mechnical Engineering, Emeritus

Larry Leifer

Professor Leifer's engineering design thinking research is focused on instrumenting design teams to understand, support, and improve design practice and theory. Specific issues include: design-team research methodology, global team dynamics, innovation leadership, interaction design, design-for-wellbeing, and adaptive mechatronic systems.

Leifer has taught the award-winning Stanford ME310 class for over 20 years and continues to redesign the course ever year with new methodologies and technologies. Once a design student himself at Stanford University, he has started many design initiatives at Stanford, including the Smart-Product Design Program, Stanford-VA Rehabilitation Engineering Center, Stanford Learning Laboratory, and the Center for Design Research. A member of the Stanford faculty since 1976, his research themes include:

  • Creating collaborative engineering environments for distributed product innovation teams
  • Instrumentating that environment for design knowledge capture, indexing, reuse, and performance assessment
  • Design-for-well-being, socially responsible and sustainable engineering