Robert Howard Next Step Award

Starting in 2012, we award 2 teams working in medical devices. The award is named by LUNAR for Robert Howard, a long-time employee of that design firm who passed away in 2011. The award comes with 100 hours of consulting time from Lunar.

Instructions for 2015 awards

1. Awards are open to any Stanford student, post-doctorate, visiting student researcher or teams comprised of the above.
2. Only one entry per student or team.
3. Nominations will be accepted until May 8, 2015.
4. A panel of Stanford faculty and LUNAR representatives will select awardees.
5. Entries will be submitted through an online nomination form.
6. Awardees will be notified via email no later than May 25, 2015.
7. Awardees must accept the award by May 29, 2015.
8. Inquiries to Christine Kurihara (

1. LUNAR is donating up to 100 hours of design and engineering consultation to 2 individuals or teams. Over a period of 3-4 months, the awardee will work closely with LUNAR to design and develop their medical technologies. Work might include: workflow analysis, usability studies, sketching sessions to determine form and assistance on investor presentations. LUNAR will waive rights to intellectual property created during this period.
2. Awardee names will be featured on a plaque that will be displayed at Stanford University and a replica at the LUNAR office in San Francisco.
3. Awardees will receive a certificate of award.
4. Awardees (individual awardee or at least one member of team awardee) must be present at the Stanford Biodesign graduation ceremony on June 9, 2015 to accept the award.
5. Awardees’ names will be listed on the Biodesign and LUNAR websites.
6. A formal contract will be signed between the awardee(s) and LUNAR before the hours are used.

Past Winners

2014 winners:

Thermosensitve Gel for Drug Delivery - Sid Sinha and Ravi Pamnani
Device to treat inflammatory bowel disease

Project Brun - Balaji Teegala, Prashant Jha, and Anirudh Chaturvedi
Portable, simple and easy to use fetomaternal monitoring device

2013 winners:

Award being givenTeam Resido Medical - Kate Rosenbluth, John Paderi [pictured right] and Vijay Rajasekhar. Their device treats essential tremor

Team Sohum - Nitin Sisodia. His device detects hearing loss in neonates.

2012 winners:

Team Calcula - Dan Azagury, Buzz Bonneau, David Gal,and Kate Garrett.
Their device clears kidney stones from the ureter.

Team DiaLock - Tze Kiat Ng, Justin Phoon, Luke Tay and Pearline Teo
Their device stops bleeding during laporoscopic procedures

About Robert Howard

Robert Howard (1962-2011) served as Vice President of LUNAR for 15 years. He was a Stanford Alumnus (MSME '86) and served as a lecturer inthe Department of Mechanical Engineering (Product Design). Robert loved helping people, teaching, tinkering, making the impossible possible, designing healthcare products and being involved in the Stanford community -- in particular the Biodesign program. LUNAR wishes to honor Robert by giving time to Stanford Biodesign in his memory.


LUNAR is a globally recognized product design and development firm. Since 1984 LUNAR has created ingenious products for consumer, medical and high tech markets. LUNAR is an in-kind sponsor of the Stanford Biodesign program.