Teaching Team Bios



Our students aren't the only people who work in multidisciplinary teams. Our teaching team also is comprised of faculty and staff from several departments. Meet the teaching team:

Jim Patell
Graduate School of Business
Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management

Jim is an operations, accounting, and computer modeling GSB professor with an engineer’s training. He is a cofounder of the d.school and the Design for Extreme Affordability course. His GSB office is a semi-organized mélange of discrete-event simulation software, socket wrenches, and ultra-low-cost drip irrigation systems, surrounded by photos of his daughters and of Alaskan fishing trips with his son. 


Dave Beach
Mechanical Engineering
Director, Product Realization Laboratory

As a teacher, Beach trusts his students and intends that his students will find work that is important and interesting to them, learn how to discover information that will advance that work, respect the power of others who offer wisdom and experience beyond the student’s personal experience, take responsibility for the consequences of their creative decisions, and gain confidence that they can change the world. As Director of the Product Realization Laboratory, and teacher of Mechanical Engineering, Dave brings to the d.school creativity in teaching, experience with design and manufacturing process, sensitivity for the human and aesthetic values of products, and huge enthusiasm for the enterprise.


Stuart Coulson
Consulting Associate Professor, d.school

Stuart teaches at Stanford’s d.school, where he focuses on the business model design and implementation planning aspects of the Extreme Affordability course. He is a co-founder, along with Erica Estrada, of the Social E Lab program where Extreme teams can continue their project development beyond the course. Stuart’s background is in software development, specifically data communications and airline reservation systems. He owns and operates an old-vine Zinfandel vineyard in California’s Russian River Valley, from which a number of critically acclaimed wines are produced, all of which he is required to quality check on a regular basis.

Julian Gorodsky, PhD
Consulting Associate Professor, d.shrink for the d.school, Team Shrink (Psychologist) for the BioDesign Fellowships and Clinical Psychologist

Our d.shrink, Julian has been a clinical psychologist in Silicon Valley for several decades, providing services for young and old, families and teams. At the d.school Julian's approach is aimed at direct engagement with early interpersonal and team issues before they bloom into even bigger road blocks in the collaborative process. The opportunity to be available to people in the early stages of building an organization all about innovation, radical collaboration, and human-centered design, may be this people-helper's dream work. With a PhD from Berkeley in 1965, Julian remains a 60′s dude at heart, a humanist, a seeker of the clear truth, with a passion for free speech, community values, spiritual awareness and rock 'n roll! 


Andrew Molina

Teaching Fellow, d.school

While earning his Masters in Computer Science, Andrew Molina (affectionately called Mo) discovered the d.school and took Design for Extreme Affordability, working to increase access to speech therapy for kids with cleft palates and lips in rural Ecuador, a project he has continued and is currently working on (ask him about it!) Now, Mo is the Teaching Fellow for Design for Extreme Affordability, focusing on Team Dynamics. He's also a coach for the K12 Lab's School Retool program, helping principals start small to create real change in their schools, amongst other workshops that he facilitates. Outside of work, Mo likes to climb rocks, is learning to play guitar, and love playing games (board games, card games, made-up games, you name it).  

Joan Youngblood Dorsey
Design Lab Manager

Joan heads the Extreme Design Lab and helps out with Social E and the Design for Extreme Affordability course. Her focus is on getting resources to young social entrepreneurs from the course and labs so that they can implement their course projects in the "real world". Before joining Stanford, Joan managed the daily operations of a global solar lighting nonprofit, One Million Lights, based in Palo Alto, CA, and directed the children’s education programs at Texas Discovery Gardens, an organic, public garden in Dallas, TX.

Nell Turner

Course Coordinator

Nell oversees all operations for the course. She manages course logistics, partner communications and is responsible for ensuring all the students receive a rich education. She spends her summers with Social E Lab. Before Extreme, Nell was finishing her MPA degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Before discovering California she was in New York working in the non-profit sector for four years. Her most recent role was with the Fulbright FLTA program at the Institute of International Education, where she helped support foreign language teachers and promote cross-cultural exchange in hundreds of colleges/ universities across the U.S.

Special thanks to past teaching team fellows:

Alissa Murphy, 2014-2016

Taylor Cone, 2013-2014

David Janka, 2012-2013

Erica Estrada-Liou, 2009-2011

David Klaus, 2008

Sarah Stein Greenberg, 2007

Adam French, 2006

Scott Cannon, 2005