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Hacking for Defense Program is an effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy.

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The Hacking for Defense (H4D) Program transitions academic technologies from the lab to the marketplace and transitions emerging technology products into defense capabilities. The H4D Program leverages its deep defense networks to align cutting-edge technology and products with critical national security challenges. The H4D Program also serves as a forum for gathering government personnel (i.e. operators, engineers, researchers, and scientists), industry personnel (i.e. entrepreneurs, innovators, companies), and university academics to collaborate on solving the nation’s toughest challenges.

The H4D Program develops technology partnerships between defense, academia, and industry to support technology transitions between sectors. We work with researchers, government officials, and companies possessing technologies critical to the operational military community. We provide end-to-end support to rapidly transition technologies from the lab or commercial market to a military operational customer.

Stanford University is noted for teaching entrepreneurship in engineering and science disciplines. The H4D Program seeks to build on that tradition by cultivating an innovation ecosystem by bridging academia, industry, and government. We bring together experts and resources across the university to help accelerate the transition of new technologies from laboratory to market. More than 200 Stanford faculty members and staff scientists from the university’s seven schools, the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and the Hoover Institution work on security-relevant research. The program actively supports, promotes, and bridges this research with the defense and intelligence communities, commercial companies operating defense-relevant products, and venture capitalists interested in funding dual-use technologies.

The Stanford Hacking for Defense Program is a uniquely designed entrepreneurship program on campus to create a bridge for Stanford faculty, government, and industry around technology and innovation. The main purpose of the H4D Program is to transfer academic knowledge and technologies into cutting-edge capabilities within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

Directors & Staff

Advisory Board

  • Entrepreneurship Professor in the School of Engineering
  • Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Fortinet Founders Professor, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, of Energy Science and Engineering, of Photon Science, Senior Fellow at Woods and Professor, by courtesy, of Chemistry
  • Dean, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Jay Precourt Professor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, of Energy Science & Engineering, of Photon Science, by courtesy, of Materials Sci & Eng and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at Hoover

Affiliated Faculty Members

Focus Areas

Sustainable Energy

AI/ML

Autonomy

Robotics

Big Data

Technology Transition

Biotechnology