Stanford Experts

David Kelley

Professor in Mechanical Engineering


(650) 289-3444



David Kelley’s work is dedicated to helping people gain confidence in their creative abilities. He employs a project-based methodology called Design Thinking within both the Product Design Program and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Design Thinking is based on building empathy for user needs, developing solutions with iterative prototyping and inspiring ideas for the future through storytelling. The Product Design program emphasizes the blending of engineering innovation, human values and manufacturing concerns into a single curriculum. Kelley teaches engineering design methodology, the techniques of quick prototyping to prove feasibility, and design through understanding of user needs.