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Adjunct Professor, d.school
BioChris Flink is an Adjunct Professor and a versatile leader with experience spanning top design, educational and cultural institutions. He's a dynamic executive who consistently marries exuberant creativity with strategic rigor, brings the best out of interdisciplinary teams, and fosters inclusive, human-centered organizational cultures. He is the former CEO and Executive Director of the Exploratorium (2016-22), senior partner at IDEO (1997-2016), and Fortune 500 corporate board member. At Stanford, he was reappointed as an Adjunct Professor in 2023 to again support strategic leadership of the "d.school" and contribute to its courses, programs and projects. Professor Flink was a founding faculty member of the d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) and key part of its early leadership team. He was previously appointed as a Consulting Associate Professor in Engineering (1999-2017), a Lecturer in Marketing at the Graduate School of Business (2011-16), and a faculty Resident Fellow (2013-17). Courses taught include: "Advanced Product Design" (ME 216B), "Human Values in Design" (ME 313 with Professor David Kelley), "Brands, Experience & Social Technology" (MKTG 353), "Designing Empathy-based Organizations" (GSBGEN 555), "Social Brands" and "Building Innovative Brands" (MKTG 541 & 552 with Professor Jennifer Aaker). He served as the faculty Resident Fellow for a vibrant innovation-themed undergraduate dorm of more than 130 upperclass students (each year) as they built community and fueled their creative confidence. Professor Flink has also delivered popular guest lectures at Wharton and Columbia business schools, and presented at TEDx as well as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His adventures with Stanford began as an enthusiastic student, earning his BS in Engineering/Product Design in 1994 and his MS in Management from the Graduate School of Business in 2005.
Professor of Statistics and of Computer Science
BioEmily Fox is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and, by courtesy, Computer Science at Stanford University. Prior to Stanford, she was the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and Department of Statistics at the University of Washington. From 2018-2021, Emily led the Health AI team at Apple, where she was a Distinguished Engineer. Before joining UW, Emily was an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School Department of Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT where her thesis was recognized with EECS' Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize and the Leonard J. Savage Award for Best Thesis in Applied Methodology.
Emily has been awarded a CZ Biohub Investigator Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Sloan Research Fellowship, ONR Young Investigator Award, and NSF CAREER Award. Her research interests are in large-scale Bayesian dynamic modeling, interpretability and computations, with applications in health and computational neuroscience.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Oceans
BioFringer's research focuses on the development and application of numerical models and high-performance computational techniques to the study of fundamental processes that influence the dynamics of the coastal ocean, rivers, lakes, and estuaries.