Stanford Tech History Project

Documenting the last decade
of tech at Stanford

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We’re writing a history of tech at Stanford in the last decade

The Stanford Tech History Project seeks to document how Stanford’s tech ecosystem has changed since 2010.

The project will crowdsource contributions from students with expertise in ten domains essential to the tech ecosystem: administration, culture, curricula, diversity, entrepreneurship, ethics, external relationships, funding, recruitment, and research. The students’ deep expertise within the communities and topics they are studying aims to provide a more detailed and nuanced perspective inaccessible to outside researchers and journalists. Contributors will analyze historical data and conduct interviews with alumni and faculty, culminating in a final report that will be published Spring 2021.

Ultimately, we aim to conduct the first comprehensive analysis of trends within Stanford’s tech ecosystem over the last ten years, while drawing conclusions about Stanford’s values, priorities, attitudes, and role in the broader tech ecosystem and society at large. The final report will propose recommendations for University decision-makers with an eye toward maintaining Stanford’s status as a top innovation and engineering hub, increasing diversity and inclusion, and creating more technology with ethics and public interest in mind. The project is supported by a grant from Stanford’s Ethics, Society, and Technology Hub

By the numbers...

areas of investigation
student groups represented
people involved
data as of March 28th, 2021
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Campus leaders and student experts in their fields

Section Leads

Each section lead heads a different area of investigation, serving as a subject-matter expert and a coordinator of individual contributors.

  • Ruth-Ann Armstrong ’21

    Co-President, Black Youth Teams Engineering Success Program

  • Jane Boettcher ’21

    Vice President, Stanford Public Interest Technology Lab

  • Isabel Gallegos ’22

    Vice President, Society of Latinx Engineers

  • Mihir Garimella​ ‘21

    Former Co-Director, Treehacks

  • Gaby Goldberg​ ‘21

    Co-President, Jewish Student Association

  • Isaac Harris ’21

    Editor, Stanford Technology Law Review

  • Alexander Lam ’21

    Founding Member, Stanford Ethics Bowl Team

  • Renee Li ’21

    Co-President, BASES

  • Amy Lo ’23

    Director of Design, Associated Students of Stanford University

  • Alain Perez ’23

    Senator, Associated Students of Stanford University

  • Arjun Ramani ’21

    Data Director, ​The Stanford Daily

  • Manan Shah ’21

    Former Senior Editor, ​Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal

  • Eva Zhang ’21

    Former Executive, Women in Computer Science

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Coordinators, advisors, and assistants of the project

Project Directors

  • Julia Ingram ’21

    Former Editor-in-Chief, The Stanford Daily

  • Nik Marda ’21

    Co-President, Stanford Public Interest Tech Lab


Faculty Advisors

  • Dr. Michael Bernstein

    Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

  • Dr. Mehran Sahami

    Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Computer Science

  • Dr. Ruth Starkman

    Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric


Research Assistants

  • Sam Catania ’24

    Staff Writer, The Stanford Daily

  • Victoria Hsieh ’24

    Research Team Member, Stanford Public Interest Technology Lab

  • Sarah Kim ’22

    Vice President Internal, Stanford Womxn in Design

  • Sam Spinner ’22

    Section Leader, Stanford Department of Computer Science

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The project is divided into ten key areas of investigation


What top-down changes has Stanford’s tech ecosystem seen?


What are the key attitudes, barriers, and perceptions toward tech at Stanford?


How have tech curricula and degree requirements shifted to reflect changing priorities?


How have the students, faculty, and opportunities within tech become more or less diverse?


Where is tech entrepreneurship headed, and how can Stanford remain an innovation hub?

Ethics and Society

How has tech ethics grown and changed at Stanford, especially during the national “techlash?”

External Relationships

How has the growing tech scene changed Stanford’s relationship with society and political entities?


How does Stanford raise, invest, and spend money on tech initiatives and companies?


How are tech companies competing with each other for Stanford tech graduates?


What are key research directions that have defined Stanford’s tech ecosystem at large?

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