Janna Rodriguez

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Contact Information

  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206
  • cell: (650) ***-****
  • 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.


  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, TUM? (expected 2013)


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