Past Programs

Stanford Pre-Collegiate (In-Person)

Before COVID-19, MEP was taught through Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, as in-person course. At the time, students constructed physical prototypes using a variety of materials. These courses were taught in Singapore, Medellin, Colombia, Lima, Peru, and Bogota, Colombia. As of summer 2020, MEP became a live online independent program.

MEP Summer 2020 (Live Online)

This summer, in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the MEP team decided to quickly adapt the program, to fit a virtual format. MEP was offered as a two-week intensive program, via Zoom, where students worked in teams to design solutions related to the pandemic. Teams created prototypes and business models focused on small business, education, and social justice.

Eastside Face of Change Fall 2020

This Fall, the MEP team created a program that fit into a high school curriculum, at the Eastside College Preparatory School, focused on changing the lives of students from an underrepresented background. The Faces of Change course was a for-credit program based around the MEP curriculum split over 8 weeks, 24 sessions. Students started with self-awareness of their values and developed a personal purpose and resilience plan. They worked in teams to solve local community problems with personal meaning. They conducted empathy interviews of their customers, developed an innovative solution, and created a presentation to communicate its value.


During the summer of 2021, MEP was held as an online program, for US students, underrepresented students, and international students. 39 students joined 8 different teams, focusing on the issues of climate change, social justice, education, and health. Everyone had a blast pitching to our team of mentors! MEP also included a college application workshop with the TAs giving advice on how they used MEP on their college applications.

mentors & guest LectureRs

Aparna Bhargava

Helped develop and teach MEP. Product leader for several software startups. Volunteer at Cupertino and Sunnyvale high schools. PTSA President, Robotics mentor, and Destination Imagination coach.

Jeff Byron

Former California State Energy Resource Conservation and Development Commission; Member and Investor, Band of Angels; Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow

Pradeep Jotwani

Former President, Consumer Business and SVP, LaserJet Business, Hewlett Packard Company; Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow

Karin Underwood

Founder, CoachMe Health; MBA, Stanford GSB