Michael Barry

Consulting Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Circular image of faculty member, Michael Barry

Michael Barry teaches Needfinding and Cross Cultural Design at Stanford University’s Design School (d.School). He teaches the nation’s top students, at Harvard, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, how to connect innovation to new understandings of customers. At Stanford, he is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Michael also serves as a guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Business and the University of California Haas School of Business.

A founder of Point Forward, Michael has over two decades of experience providing strategic innovation at the critical early stages of the product development process. With a wide range of expertise—from engineering to design to cultural studies— he has restructured research and innovation processes, provided strategic project management, and designed over 80 products, from mainframes to disposable diapers.