Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program, Stanford University

Bill Burnett is the Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Designing Your Life. He directs the undergraduate and graduate program in design at Stanford, both interdepartmental programs between the Mechanical Engineering department and the Art department. He got his BS and MS in Product Design at Stanford and has worked professionally on a wide variety of projects ranging from award-winning Apple PowerBooks to the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures. He holds a number of mechanical and design patents, and design awards for a variety of products including the first “slate” computer. In addition to his duties at Stanford, he is on the Board of VOZ (pronounced “VAWS – it means voice in Spanish) a socially responsible high fashion startup and advises several Internet start-up companies.