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Stanford Design Impact Virtual Info Session 2020 - Shared screen with speaker view
Adrienne Baer
22:37
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olga saadi
23:08
adrienne
olga saadi
23:11
That was just for us
Adrienne Baer
23:34
Post pictures of your awesome hats to instagram or instagram stories & tag @stanforddesignprogram! Feel free to use the hashtag #StanfordDesignInfoSession
Adrienne Baer
23:40
Thanks olga!
olga saadi
23:43
Nice!
olga saadi
23:47
Gotchu
Suyash Joshi
25:53
can we do this program part time?
chris
26:41
hello - curious if you can elaborate on specific positions alumni from the new program are in?
Renée Chao
27:50
Link to Intro Video: https://vimeo.com/471532023
olga saadi
28:19
Renee, do you want us to answer the qs coming up in the tab?
stanford stickney
30:02
your muted
Vidit Gupta
31:14
❤️
saket saurabh
33:12
how relevant the impact design program is for human computer interaction or user experience design?
Gresshaa Mehta
33:35
Does a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration count?
Payal Sharma
33:42
what if it’s a bachelors of design?
Assaad Feghali
34:31
Would you accept students with a BS in Design?
Adrienne Baer
34:53
Annie asked: Does a B.S. in Information Systems count - I have a B.S. In InfoSys, so yes (:
Neel Shah
36:28
will i be eligible with a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design?
Sumairha Mumtaz
36:49
If I provide a official document from my undergraduate college which states that Bachelors of Architecture in equivalent to Bachelors of Science. Will I be still be considered in application process? I really want to attend Design Impact! I feel it's the right course for me
Pablo Artigas
36:55
Is there an age limit? I have 14 years experience which I know it’s quite above the average
Levinson, Carter
37:13
Does our website need to be fully deployed? or does a wireframe/prototype suffice?
Adrienne Baer
37:16
I do not believe there is an age limit.
Bill Burnett (he/him/his)
37:38
A degree in computer science should be OK. When we see your transcript we can determine your eligibility
JAN MAROSKE
37:49
Do we include transcripts from a university we attended for a year during high school?
olga saadi
38:24
If it is B.S. it should count, even if it is buisiness
Lori Kipp
38:25
If we are coming directly out of an undergraduate degree (BS in MechE and Psychology), is there any hope of being admitted to the program? Or is the period of life/professional experience a pretty hard rule?
Rohan Pal
38:31
I have been in 6 schools before college, are all of those required, or just the final high school transcript?
Bill Burnett (he/him/his)
38:57
There is no age limit - we accept all ages. Our “oldest” student was 61. our youngest - I’m not sure…
andrii karaulov
39:14
Do you accept MyBest Score from TOEFL? And what’s the minimum and desired score for TOEFL?
angela
39:19
If we took a university extension course/obtained a certificate from an extension program, is that appropriate to send a transcript for?
Nitya Jayaram Iyengar
40:00
I am a graduate student at the Pratt Institute studying User Experience Design. The credit culture is of 36 credits over 4 semesters. I am looking to undertake a second Master’s at Stanford in Design Impact Engineering. Would I be able to get any credits for the course?
Neel Shah
40:07
When do we decide upon on our impact area? Is there a selection process for that?
Rohan Pal
40:12
Is the GRE not required just for this year or every year?
Melania Sanhueza
40:37
Hello! The translation of the transcripts can be unofficial aswell?
Bill Burnett (he/him/his)
41:12
The GRE’s are not required - permanently. We have no plans to accept them in the future.
Yudian
41:15
About the life experience, is it ok if I just graduated in July this year, but have been doing many internships during the last four years?
Neel Shah
41:56
Also how flexible is the impact area of healthcare and energy?
Federico Mori
42:10
I have a BA in Global Health and an MSc in Entrepreneurship (from my university’s School of Engineering). In total, due to UK university structure, this took 4 years (3 yrs + 1 yr) which is the length of a US degree. Due to my background in both arts and science, would I be eligible to apply?
Suyash Joshi
45:20
how much is the tuition fee ?
Kelly Redmond
45:51
If we applied for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, is it okay if we use the same letter of recommendation writers for our Design Impact application?
sean follmer
46:17
Yes.
Neema Joju
46:33
Bill mentioned that the program won't be like the Industrial Design program, the focus is not on the skills. So, what is the program outcome? Are we going to learn about the design process irrespective of the medium we going to use?
Yudian
46:57
How much weight does service design have on the projects being done in Standford? Are all projects done with a physical form? can we do system/service innovation?
Nicky Qiu
47:09
What design skills and software knowledge are expected from applicants? What will be the upcoming themes besides energy and healthcare? What career path does Stanford expect the students to take after they graduate?
Brianna Banks
48:51
Thank you so much for your time and for the information! It had helped immensely!
Adza Tarka
49:01
Is TOEFL required if you got your undergrad from an English speaking university?
sean follmer
50:02
Please look at the recorded talk which goes into much more detail on the topics covered in the program - but they include User Research techniques (need finding), Prototyping techniques (Physical manufacturing design and engineering and digital prototyping), Designing experiments to test and evaluate products systems and services, Design leadership, Business factors, as well as 5 elective courses which you work together with your advisor to define.
sean follmer
50:33
Yes, we will make the slides available
Cam Nili
50:59
Do research assistantships provide salary and tuition assistance as well?
sean follmer
51:26
“Exemptions are granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling at Stanford) a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English. Therefore, applicants with degrees from the U.S., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales) are exempt from taking the TOEFL and do not need to submit the TOEFL waiver request form. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received showing the conferral of the degree from the qualifying institution or TOEFL exam scores will be required to enroll.” https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying/starting-your-application/required-exams
Suyash Joshi
51:34
how much students get course assistantship?
Rohan Pal
52:53
If I have experience working as a freelancer and working part-time with startups when in undergrad, does that count as work experience and given that preferrence?
sean follmer
53:25
Nicky, nice to meet you. We have students with very different backgrounds, so there is no one skillset that is required coming in. This year the themes will remain as energy and healthcare. Career paths, we will cover speaking to all
Renée Chao
53:48
Yes, RA (research assistantships) also provide salary and tuition assistance.
olga saadi
54:03
Bill, Stanford has a minimum woeful score
Sophia Pizzola
54:04
In the statement of purpose, should we include what we have learned in our experience through internships/full-time?
olga saadi
54:07
toefl
Cam Nili
54:08
Thanks, Renee!
olga saadi
54:12
Its 89
sean follmer
54:19
Dear Rohan, nice to meet you. Usually, we do not think this counts - we really want full time employment outside of your university.
olga saadi
55:09
@Sophia, absolutely!
olga saadi
55:15
Around 13 people
Lindsay Finn
55:40
What kinds of jobs do graduates of this program get?
Kelly Redmond
55:43
I finished my undergraduate degree about 4 years ago. I know that you'd like at least 1 letter of recommendation from someone who knows you in an academic capacity. If I took professional courses after college and submit a letter of recommendation from one of my teachers, would that fulfill the requirement? Or do you significantly prefer letters from professors who taught you specifically for your undergraduate degree?
olga saadi
55:52
@aksay, nope, the tracks are super flexible!
Payal Sharma
56:02
Most my product design projects are oriented around health, wellbeing and healthcare. I’m currently studying B.Des but I have studied for bachelors in 3 different continents so I have a lot of cultural experience. Does that weight in at all?
olga saadi
56:03
@Kaitlyn — you choose
Alex Cayley
56:11
I have a similar question, I have professional engineering experience during my time as an undergrad, probably combined of about 2 years (not internships). Would I still be at a disadvantage if I apply straight after graduating as an undergrad?
Suyash Joshi
56:13
hey I have taken lot of classes at Stanford CCRMA..is it possible to work with that dept or take classes outside of your dept? I would like to build a music instrument using IOT..took some CCRMA workshops around that this summer loved it
Miral Patel(India)
56:24
Is there a limit to cohort size? if yes, does that mean the intake for 2021 will be less than usual as few applicants from 2020 batch would have opted for deferral?
olga saadi
56:36
@Kaitlyn — you choose
olga saadi
57:10
@aksay, nope, the tracks are very flexible
olga saadi
57:42
@nikhil, not really, at least not from an application standpoint. We are interested in who you are and what’s your story and what you want to do
biancadimov
58:18
Is it common to see students with a BS is psychology in the Design Impact program and how have they adjusted going from a social science to a program within engineering?
Sophia Pizzola
58:20
I love that this program focuses on inclusive and human center design, what methods of research are done to use these ideals in designed products and services? Is there a course taught in research methods?
Jasleen Arora
58:56
Does a Bachelor's in Design degree make me eligible to apply for Design Impact?
Renée Chao
59:04
@Nikhil: No, it does not matter if you do not have an undergraduate degree from a well known college. We are interested in YOU.
Aaron Katz
59:06
Are you expecting the 2 design themes to shift in their project focus heading into Fall 2021? I saw somewhere that they were being switched out?
Siyuan Shao
59:06
If I am not admitted into d.School, can I still take d.School courses?
Syntyche Koumaglo
59:11
In the prep work video shared earlier about the program, there was a comment on the quality of the content of the portfolio over the quantity.Is there then a minimum quantity of projects you would like to see on that portfolio?
Manan Gandhi
59:13
curious if theresome dents y’all are proud of that designimpact students has made?
Andy Pike
59:18
I’ve been working on a project for 2 years. Working independently, my process has been messy but in a way that I understand. You mentioned you want to see our design process in our portfolio. Should I include a sample of my messy original thinking or synthesize it to be more presentable?
Derek Anthony Safieh
59:19
Can the electives be from any engineering department?
sean follmer
59:53
You can have as many as you want. However, a successful strategy is to focus and highlight your best projects. Showing 2 or 3 really strong projects is much better than showing 10 ok ones
Niccolo Hurst
01:00:21
Can you please elaborate what you mean by life experience?
sean follmer
01:00:32
The electives can be from across the university, not just Engineering school
Manan Gandhi
01:01:27
* curious if you can talk about dents y’all are proud of that designimpact students have made? Trying to see where the cohort ends up after the program.
olga saadi
01:02:18
@Gabriela, people who know you well are the best recommenders. If academic recommendations are no longer relevant than that’s fine
Car Nazzal
01:02:19
I am dyslexic, have any other students been neurodivergent in this program?
Lindsay Finn
01:02:20
How does the design course work align to the themes listed? I am very interested in making an impact in sustainability to help reverse global climate change and I want to know how this program will help me do so
sean follmer
01:02:22
We want to see your thinking and how you approach problems, but communicating your process, insights and outcomes in a clear and understandable way is important
Assaad Feghali
01:02:38
Can we test our final projects abroad (if the issue we are tackling are not necessarily predominant in the US)?
Anisat
01:02:56
I am from Nigeria.We were taught in English. Our official language is English and do I still need to write TOEFL?
Suyash Joshi
01:02:57
can you tell us more what aerated great applications that get in from those that don’t make it in? what is acceptance rate?
JAN MAROSKE
01:03:15
Do you have a recommendation for tools for creating a portfolio? I am currently using Adobe Portfolio, but curious what tools you would propose?
Cam Nili
01:03:46
are there any linkages with this program and the Institute for Human-centered AI at Stanford?
Levinson, Carter
01:04:35
Has there been any thought towards the impact of COVID19 on your academic plans for Fall of 2021? I'm trying to stay optimistic, but curious if you have contingency plans for online learning
Sonya Kotov
01:04:59
I’m really interested in the prototyping pillar of the program. Do you have any interesting examples of surprising or scrappy prototypes students have made - surprising ways of paring down a question into a prototype?
Suyash Joshi
01:06:11
can you share some great application websites?
Saurabh Gupta
01:06:14
Design Impact used to consider B.Des Product Design earlier. Is this something that changed recently?
Magnus Freyer
01:08:01
To what extent would you consider millitary service as "industry experience"?
Spencer Spiering
01:08:07
How has the program adapted to covid and being online?
sean follmer
01:08:24
Dear Magnus, yes, Military experience definitely counts
Mohamed Gaafar
01:08:53
Suyash, you can find the websites of the current cohorts on the Design Impact website.
Sonya Kotov
01:09:32
Can you talk more about the corporate partnerships? How do you select high quality companies to work with? What’s an example of a corporate partnership that you rejected?
Car Nazzal
01:10:34
Do these project involve the people they are made for?
Anisat
01:13:13
The design themes are energy and healthcare and most of my experience is working with digital financial product. Is this a problem for me?
Sofia Bocanegra
01:13:40
How does one apply for assistantships?
sean follmer
01:14:26
No, this is not a problem, However you have to have a passion or excitement for one of the themes broadly speaking
Leanne Liu
01:15:13
I am curious about the themes (energy, healthcare), will it be better to showcase case studies about these topics? If we do not have a specific background in these fields, what can applicants do to show their interest in either of these areas?
Rohan Pal
01:15:43
Can you please inform a little more on how Design Impact is different, if it is not a skill-based one, what kind of roles do graduates go to after this?
Jasleen Arora
01:15:55
it's heartwarming to know how supportive Stanford has been to the students, through the pandemic!
Suyash Joshi
01:17:20
can we get internship at IDEO?
sean follmer
01:18:37
Jessica, we have been working with our international graduate students to help them get visas and join us in the US. However, if students cannot get visas or there are travel restrictions in place we will help support students remotely. Normally our program requires students to be in person, but COVID-19 and travel restrictions has required changes. However, when selecting students for admission we do not take this into consideration we want to find the best students possible.
Sonya Kotov
01:18:45
Thanks @David - this is a perfect answer. Love that these partnerships are super student driven :)
Andy Pike
01:20:53
Can you talk more about how you support students in starting their own businesses?
Suyash Joshi
01:21:12
why are there only 3 faculty members..seems rather small compared to other programs?
Suyash Joshi
01:21:28
do they teach all classes?
Jasleen Arora
01:24:52
capstone projects that centralise around problems in other countries, how are they tackled? is there any on field research for the same? how is this being taken into consideration this quarter?
Sonya Kotov
01:24:54
What do the research projects look like for those going into PhDs? I have no trouble imagining startups & products to build. How does this fit with research?
Vidit Gupta
01:27:18
It’s a bummer that I can’t attend the program because I have a degree in Arts. 😞
Jasleen Arora
01:28:33
STAMPS school at Uni. of Michigan has a similar programme, any thoughts about the same?
L’Nard Tufts
01:28:46
Can you talk a little more about the "Reframe" project exhibitions? This sounds like a unique experience somewhat outside the described curriculum. What role does it play in the program?
Steph Jump
01:30:01
@Vidit Gupta— perhaps there are other programs at Stanford that are a better fit, and then you’d still be able to take classes at the d.school!
Suyash Joshi
01:30:16
the themes seems to limit freedom ..for example if I want to build game or something fun..seems no place right?
Siyuan Shao
01:31:13
What d.school recourses can non-d.school-students access? They still can take d.school courses, attend its seminars, visit faculty's office hour, right?
Suyash Joshi
01:31:30
or music intrument
sean follmer
01:32:14
Michael Barry and Michelle Jia
Rohan Pal
01:32:29
Most people who would apply may have a BS and work experience, what more do you look for in students and any tips on what we can do to stand out?
Renée Chao
01:32:51
@Shao: Yes, all Stanford graduate students may apply for a d.school course or attend “pop-out” courses that are open to students. Design Impact students do that d.school classes as electives.
Jennifer Chan
01:33:18
Hi Adrienne, are we allowed to email you photos of our hats instead of posting on social? Thanks!
Suyash Joshi
01:33:32
bio mechanics sounds fun
Adrienne Baer
01:33:42
Hi Jennifer - sure! apbaer@stanford.edu
Prathamesh P
01:34:24
Can students take other courses in their first year without getting credits for them ??
Adrienne Baer
01:34:54
@Prathamesh auditing is a possibility!
Suyash Joshi
01:37:21
can we put hat ad one project 😛
Kaitlyn Paulsen
01:38:29
Thank you all for being here! Could you speak a little bit about where you see students grow the most over the two years in the program?
Suyash Joshi
01:38:49
if we don’t have a very polished project..it’s thought prototype..ok to show?
Suyash Joshi
01:39:02
a prototype
Renée Chao
01:40:43
Please feel free to email me directly after this about individual eligibility if you still have questions. Thank you.
Lindsay Finn
01:41:06
Is the admission process rolling?
sean follmer
01:42:29
No the admissions are not rolling. They close on a specific date and then we review them
Suyash Joshi
01:44:00
when do you tell admission outcome to students?
Aaron Katz
01:44:26
What are you most excited about with the Design Impact program heading into 2021 / 2022?
Renée Chao
01:44:46
We notify applicants by mid-March
Renée Chao
01:45:27
For Dec 1, 2020 deadline, it is Pacific Standard Time.
Nicky Qiu
01:45:28
what kind of questions can be expected from the interview? thanks
Olivia Chen
01:45:33
around how many applicants get an interview?
sean follmer
01:45:33
A mix is good, but really we want to hear from the people that know you best
biancadimov
01:45:58
how have you all evolved as a person into where you are now? have you always wanted to be a designer?
Saurabh Gupta
01:47:09
Can you recommended other design courses at Stanford for ineligible people?
Sonya Kotov
01:47:43
@Saurabh Harvard has a cool one that’s more art focused. CMU, Univ of Washington, and GATech all have top design/HCI programs :)
biancadimov
01:47:55
to add to my question: i remember david mentioning that he was glad he ended up finding what he really likes to do. Was wondering how that process was for everyone as well?
Bill Burnett (he/him/his)
01:48:07
no problem -we’ve had a bunch of McKinsey et al consultants apply. we still need to see something in your website that speaks to your design skills, but include case studies related to innovation in the mix
sean follmer
01:48:58
That is not a problem, however you want to be able to share your process and approach in your current work and then in your Statement of Purpose be able to describe why you are excited about expanding your toolkit and make impact
Derek Anthony Safieh
01:49:44
I have to go to class, but thank you very much for this info session. I'm very excited to apply to the program!
Renée Chao
01:50:15
@Yunwei: email me directly, I have to reach out to the alumni to get their Ok first. Thank you.
rebekahlim
01:51:00
Can we submit a BS equivalent degree document from a professor who was the director of the department, instead of the department itself? Because the department that I graduated got abolished. :(
Kaitlyn Paulsen
01:51:15
Thank you so much! :)
Manan Gandhi
01:51:17
thanks y’all
Siyuan Shao
01:51:18
Thank you for the webinar
Nikhil Mahadevan
01:51:19
Thank you!
Aaron Katz
01:51:19
thanks!
Saurabh Gupta
01:51:21
Thanks a lot!
Hank Portney
01:51:21
Thank you!!
Irina Patrikeeva
01:51:21
Thank you all - it was informative
Tosin
01:51:23
Thank you - so informative
Rohan Pal
01:51:26
Thank you
David Jelke
01:51:26
Thank you!
JAN MAROSKE
01:51:27
Thank you!!!
Takumi Sasaki
01:51:27
Thanks so much for this! This session was super helpful and fun!!
Pablo Artigas
01:51:28
thank you so much!
Neel Shah
01:51:29
Thank you!
pierfrancesco
01:51:29
Thanks!
biancadimov
01:51:30
Thank you so much!!
Steph Jump
01:51:31
Thanks so much!
Bingpu Zhao
01:51:31
Thank you!
Cam Nili
01:51:33
Thank you!!!
JJ
01:51:36
Thank you!
Suyash Joshi
01:51:38
thanks all good info!
angela
01:51:39
Thank you!!
Mohamed Gaafar
01:51:40
Thank you all so much!
Neema Joju
01:51:40
Thank you!!
Sonya Kotov
01:51:44
Thank you so much :)
Seohyeon Lee
01:51:45
Thank you so much!