Janna Rodriguez

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Janna Rodriguez


Contact Information

  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206
  • jannar@stanford.edu


I am from a fabulous agricultural town in the San Joaquin Valley, Merced, CA. While going to school I was interested in connecting with my community through academics and art. I was able to do this as an entrepreneur restaurant owner and as an associate publisher of a local magazine — both of them focusing on enriching arts in our community.

Where do you come from? Before coming to Stanford I did my BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Merced.

What are you interested in? I am interested in the functionality of simple and efficient products and designs. I am fascinated by affordable, beautiful and action-ready products that can be implemented quickly and rapidly produce results all over the world. And when it's all said and done I want the owners or benefiters of these products to look at and touch these products and be proud to own it.

What is your design experience? I have created campaigns to support and fundraise for arts organizations in Merced using my standing as a business owner. These challenges have allowed me develop good brainstorming skills, good leadership initiatives, and a firm understanding that not everything goes as expected. This experience has taught me that stress and failure are part of the design experience and ultimately lead to better and more sustainable results.


  • PhD Candidate, Mechanical Enginering, Stanford University - Expected 2017
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University - 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Merced 2012



   2015  Rodriguez, J., Chen, H.L., Sheppard, S., Qu, J. Leifer, L., (ASEE Seattle 2015).

   Exploring the Interest and Intention of Entrepreneurship in Engineering Alumni

    2015 J. Rodriguez, Y. Yang, C.H. Ahn, Y. Chen, E.J. Ng, V.A. Hong, S. Ghaffari and T.W. Kenny

    2013 Rodriguez, J., Chen, H.L., Sheppard, S., Qu, J., Brunhaver, S., (2014).

   Exploring Entrepreneurial Characteristics and Experiences of Engineering Alumni.

    April 2012 Janna Rodriguez, Roy Taylor Gore, Michael Katz, Pedro Contreras
    “Security camera enclosure using a thermal control,” provisional patent application (PTO Reg. No. 61/688,177), filed on May 8, 2012. Licensed to Pelco by Schneider Electric.

    2012 [Poster - Talk] “Optical setup required to convey radiated energy”, Merced, CA
    2011 [Poster] “Flammability Testing of Fire Resistant Fabrics”, Winner in my Discipline, Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native
    Americans in Science (SACNAS) at 2011 National Conference. November.
    2011 [Poster – Talk ] “Flammability Testing of Fire Resistant Fabrics”, Outstanding Presentation at Berkeley, CA. August 2011.
    2010 [Poster] “Time Series and Neural Network Models for Wind Turbines”, Merced, CA .February.

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