Bio


Xiao Ge is a PhD candidate (Expected graduation in 2021) and researcher at the Center for Design Research in Mechanical Engineering Design Group. She received her B.S. in Spacecraft Design and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2010, and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Design Methodology from Stanford University in 2012. She worked as an Innovation consultant to develop, launch and run systematic innovation programs in industry. Her earlier research investigates how robotic systems affect team dynamics and guide behavioral change. For her dissertation, she adopts theories and methods from social psychology, cultural psychology and learning sciences to understand how engineers learn new ways of thinking and doing to engender enduring creative behaviors. More specifically, her dissertation work investigates the constructive role of emotion in the learning process of design.

Honors & Awards


  • Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering, 2021 Rising Stars Workshop for Women in Mechanical Engineering at MIT (Oct, 2021)
  • Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Award, Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program (2020-2022)
  • Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University (2018-2021)
  • Stanford MediaX Research Grant, Stanford MediaX (2016)
  • The People’s Fellowship for Top One Student, Harbin Institute of Technology (2006-2008)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, ME-PHD (2022)
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Harbin Institute Of Technology, Spacecraft Design and Eng. (2010)
  • Master of Science, Stanford University, ME-MS (2012)
  • M.S., Stanford University, Design Methodology (2012)
  • B.Eng., Harbin Institute of Technology, Spacecraft Design and Engineering (2010)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


My research sits at the intersection of Emotion, Learning, Culture and Technology

Future: I want to conduct culturally-appropriate (intervention) studies to guide people to raise socio-emotional awareness and effectively navigate emotional disturbances in learning and work practice that is increasingly multicultural and multidisciplinary in nature.

Past: my dissertation investigates the constructive role of perplexity and emotional disturbance in collaborative design

Lab Affiliations


All Publications


  • Situated emotion and its constructive role in collaborative design: A mixed-method study of experienced designers Design Studies Ge, X., Leifer, L., Shui, L. 2021; 75
  • When Tough Times Make Tough Designers: How Perplexing Experiences Shape Engineers' Knowledge and Identity INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Ge, X., Leifer, L. 2020; 36 (2): 650–63
  • A Mixed-methods Study of Learning-at-disturbance in Experienced Designers 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) Ge, X., Leifer, L., Shui, L. edited by de Vries, E., Hod, Y., Ahn, J. 2021: 307-314
  • 工学教育におけるデザイン思考の活用 Journal of the Japan Society for Precision Engineering Misaki, D., Ge, X. 2019; 85 (7): 636-639

    View details for DOI 10.2493/jjspe.85.636

  • ActiveNavigator: Toward Real-Time Knowledge Capture and Feedback in Design Workspaces Moore, D., Ge, X., Sirkin, D., Stenholm, D., Ju, W. TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS. 2018: 723–33
  • DESIGN THINKING AT THE CORE: LEARN NEW WAYS OF THINKING AND DOING BY REFRAMING Ge, X., Leifer, L., ASME AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. 2017
  • User-driven Innovation for Industrial Environment in China: Opportunities and Challenges The 6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium Bandyopadhyay, G., Maisch, B., Ge, X., Hsu, A. 2013
  • Influence of Ambient Air Velocity Orientation in Thermal Behaviour of Open Refrigerated Display Cabinets ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis Gaspar, P. D., Gonçalves, L. C., Ge, X. 2010: 10

    View details for DOI 10.1115/ESDA2010-24124