October 1, 2007

Stanford University Announces New Executive Program “Design, Innovation and Manufacturing” in Pune, INDIA

Stanford's School of Engineering announced today that it will deliver "Design, Innovation and Manufacturing"" in Pune, India from October 15-19, 2007. This executive education program features Stanford University faculty and will address how organizations can evolve leading-edge products and services, as well as deliver on the promise of innovation.

The program was created to address Indian firms' need to launch more innovative products and refine their existing manufacturing processes. Stanford alumnus Farhad Forbes, CEO of Forbes Marshall, helped identify this need and forge the Stanford/India alliance. Forbes noted that "for companies in India to remain truly competitive, they must understand and capitalize on the innovation process so they can deliver customerfocused, cutting-edge products and services."

Stanford School of Engineering has collaborated with Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC) Pune to host its first Executive Education programme in India. Cmde Dilip Mohapatra, Director - TMTC (Tata Group), expressed that "This collaboration is in line with the philosophy of the Group to create opportunities for shared learning and cross pollination of ideas among Indian firms through the TMTC platform." He sees this program to be the beginning of an enduring relationship in bringing world class programs to India.

"Design, Innovation and Manufacturing" is led by Larry Leifer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Stanford Center for Design Research and founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Leifer has delivered innovation workshops to companies worldwide, including SAP, Ford, Nokia, Siemens, Intel and Audi. "As an emerging economy, India is facing some critical challenges. On the one hand, there are enormous humanitarian and infrastructure problems to solve. On the other, businesses are moving as fast as any region in the world. We believe a critical piece of the solution is using the innovation process to challenge assumptions, prototype solutions and develop roadmaps for future success," states Leifer. He will be joined by Dr. William Cockayne, instructor for Stanford's Center for Design Research, who will address the challenge of "long-range innovation."

Also teaching the program is Dr. Kurt Beiter, Associate Director of the Manufacturing Modeling Laboratory at Stanford University. Dr. Beiter has helped develop the Design for Manufacturing Curriculum at Stanford, a course that has instructed over 1500 executives and engineers over the past decade. "Industry worldwide faces the challenge of how to convert ideas and concepts into engineering principles and ultimately, products and services. Our methodology has consistently delivered performance to companies we have worked with," says Beiter. Dr. Beiter has lead and delivered workshops with ABB, Cisco, Harley Davidson, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, Toshiba, and ASME.

From executive programs, to research and student exchanges, Stanford University is committed to cultivating connections to India. Last January, Dean of the School of Engineering James D. Plummer participated in a Stanford executive program in Mumbai, which strengthened this commitment. Plummer says, "No single university and no single company are going to be able to solve these grand technological, business, and societal challenges by themselves. What is key for this century are the partnerships that can be built between industries and between corporations; between American universities and Indian universities; and between U.S.-based and Indian-based companies."

Stanford's School of Engineering and Graduate School of Business are planning a number of executive education events over the next few years. These programs will feature Stanford faculty and key Indian experts. School of Engineering Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Andy DiPaolo, responsible for education outreach, acknowledges the importance of an ongoing Stanford presence. "Stanford's presence in India has been initiated with strong support of our Indian alumni and will be sustained by Stanford faculty interested in conducting research, delivering courses and collaborating companies, government organizations and higher education institutions in India."

For more information about the program or Stanford's initiatives in India, please contact Carissa Little at +650-725-0653 or visit the program website at http://scpd.stanford.edu/scpd/courses/ProEd/innovation/

About the Stanford Center for Professional Development:

The Stanford Center for Professional Development meets the career-long educational needs of today's best talent in engineering, science, and technology, regardless of time or distance. In partnership with over 450 member companies and government organizations, The Stanford Center for Professional Development delivers Stanford academic programs to more than 7000 students in over 40 countries annually via the Internet, broadcast television, as well as on-campus.

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About Stanford University's School of Engineering:

Stanford Engineering pushes the frontiers of modern science and engineering through teaching and research. The future is limited only by our imagination, and the possibilities are endless.

Our mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and to educate leaders who will turn great ideas into real changes that make the world a better place. The School measures success by how well we:

• Generate new knowledge and advance the progress of research.

• Deliver world-class, research-based education to students, and broad-based training to leaders in academia, industry, and society.

• Facilitate technology transfer, applying people and ideas to improve our society and our world.

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About Stanford University's Graduate School of Business:

The Stanford Graduate School of Business represents a community of people who believe in the power of ideas, make an impact on the world around them, and lead the wave of innovation that new ideas generate. We invite you to become part of this vibrant culture by participating in one of our executive programs.

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