Robert Howard Next Step Award

Robert Howard Next Step Award Recipients

All Stanford students, postdocs, visting student researchers, and faculty members are eligible to apply for the annual Robert Howard Next Step Award. Sponsored by LUNAR, a global leader in product design and development, this award is intended to help teams of aspiring health technology innovators advance their projects toward patient care. Two winning teams are selected each year to receive up to 100 hours of design and engineering consulting from LUNAR.

Applications for the upcomign award cycle will open in spring 2018. Finalists will be asked to present their projects to a panel of Stanford faculty and LUNAR representatives in mid-May. Winners will be announced by the end of that month, and the awards will be presented at the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship graduation ceremony in June. Award recipients are also recognized on commemorative plaques on display at Stanford Biodesign and LUNAR.

Please contact Gordon Saul with any questions.

Past Recipients

Past award recipients have developed a wide range of innovative technologies, including a fetal- and mother-monitoring device for use in developing regions, and a novel approach to treating Essential Tremor, the most common adult movement disorder. LUNAR assists these groups in many different ways, including workflow analysis, usability studies, sketching sessions to determine form, and assistance with investor presentations. Information about the 2016 award recipients (pictured above) is available online.

About Robert Howard

Robert Howard (1962-2011) served as Vice President of Engineering at LUNAR for 15 years. He was a Stanford alumnus (MSME ’86) and a lecturer in the Department of 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 honors Robert by donating time to Stanford Biodesign in his memory.

About LUNAR

LUNAR is a globally recognized product design firm comprised of designers, engineers, and strategists. Since 1984, LUNAR has developed ingenious products across consumer, medical, and technology industries.

What Award Recipients Are Saying…

"We are honored to have been selected for the Robert Howard Next Step Award. We look forward to benefiting from the expertise and resources that LUNAR has to offer, and are excited to collaborate and push our device design forward!"

– Katie Blevins, Co-founder of Barostitch, 2017 award recipient

"Every time we talk about our project we show the renderings that LUNAR developed for us. The images give a great sense of our product vision even though we are are still in active development. We feel extremely fortunate to have received the Robert Howard Award.”

– Justin Huleman, Co-founder of Palmm, 2016 award recipient

"Working with LUNAR through the Robert Howard Next Step Award helped our team crystalize the design language of our first product. The CAD files and renderings that LUNAR provided proved to be very valuable as we spun out of Stanford and joined Start-X, and as we raise a venture round.”

– Eric Sokol, Co-founder of AVA, 2016 award recipient

“The 3D renderings that LUNAR provided were a critical asset in our team’s ability to raise a venture capital round after spinning out of Stanford. The design work was fantastic.”

– Kate Rosenbluth, CEO of Cala Health, 2013 award recipient