Robert Howard Next Step Award

From Stanford Biodesign

Starting in 2012, we award 2 awards per year to teams working in medical devices. The award is named by LUNAR for Robert Howard, a long-time employee of that design firm who passed away in 2011. The award comes with 100 hours of consulting time from Lunar.

The 2012 winners were announced at the Biodesign Graduation Ceremony:

Team Calcula – Dan Azagury, Buzz Bonneau, David Gal,and Kate Garrett.
Their device clears kidney stones from the ureter.

Team DiaLock – Tze Kiat Ng, Justin Phoon, Luke Tay and Pearline Teo
Their device stops bleeding during laporoscopic procedures

About Robert Howard

Robert Howard (1962-2011) served as Vice President of LUNAR for 15 years. He was a Stanford Alumnus (MSME ’86) and served as a lecturer inthe Department of Mechanical Engineering (Product Design). Robert loved helping people, teaching, tinkering, making the impossible possible, designing healthcare products and being involved in the Stanford community — in particular the Biodesign program. LUNAR wishes to honor Robert by giving time to Stanford Biodesign in his memory.


LUNAR is a globally recognized product design and development firm. Since 1984 LUNAR has created ingenious products for consumer, medical and high tech markets. LUNAR is an in-kind sponsor of the Stanford Biodesign program.