Robert Howard Next Step Award

Robert Howard Next Step Award Recipients

All students, fellows, and faculty participating in a Stanford Biodesign course or fellowship during the academic year 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 100 hours of design and engineering consulting from LUNAR.

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.

The application process opens each spring, with award decisions made by a panel of Stanford faculty and LUNAR representatives. Winners of the competition are notified before the end of May, and awards are presented at the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship graduation ceremony in early June. Award recipients are also recognized on commemorative plaques on display at Stanford and LUNAR. More information, and a link to the application, will become available in spring, 2017.

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

What Award Recipients Are Saying…

“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

“We feel extremely fortunate to have received the Robert Howard Award. Having access to the talents and resources of LUNAR during the critical early stages of our product development will be invaluable. We can’t wait to see where the collaboration takes us.”

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