History of the Clinic Program

Five decades ago, while watching a homecoming parade, one of Harvey Mudd College’s engineering professors turned to a colleague and said, “Wouldn’t it be great to channel the energy and ingenuity these students use to create a winning float into solving real technical problems?” In a moment of revelry-induced inspiration, the concept of the Harvey Mudd College Clinic Program was born.

Under the guidance of a faculty advisor and company liaison, students work in teams of four or five to develop solutions to unsolved problems presented by sponsoring organizations. The company liaison outlines what the company expects for its investment, approves the team’s proposal for accomplishing its work, sets up meetings between the Clinic team and company representatives and, on occasion, arranges for special testing equipment and/or software.

Applying their learning in creative ways, Harvey Mudd students then deliver—either pushing forward the industry standard in research and development or building a working prototype that meets company specifications.

The Clinic projects, some of which are jointly run by several Harvey Mudd departments to promote cross-fertilization between fields and encourage application of diverse viewpoints and a variety of techniques, begin in September, involve between 1,200 and 1,500 work hours and are completed the following May. Teams unveil their findings to professors, friends, families, company liaisons and other sponsor representatives at College’s annual “Projects Day.”

Over the years, Harvey Mudd students—many of whom have received job offers from sponsoring organizations—have tackled design and manufacturing problems in almost 1,500 Clinic projects for more than 400 clients, many of them Fortune 1000 companies.

Past Clinic Sponsors A–H

  • 9 Fish Surfboard
  • ACCEL Technologies, Inc.
  • Adolph Coors Company
  • Aerojet Electrosystems
  • Aerospace Corporation, The
  • AeroVironment, Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Alcoa (Foundaton)
  • Alejo Engineering Inc.
  • AlliedSignal Automotive
  • American Honda R&D Co.
  • American Pharmaseal-Airlife
  • Ameritone Paint Corp.
  • Amgen Inc.
  • AMPEX
  • ANADEX, Inc.
  • Anaheim, City of
  • Anco Engineers
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Applied Biosystems
  • Archive Corporation
  • ARCO Environmental
  • ARCO Exploration & Prod. Tech.
  • ARCO Marine, Inc.
  • ARCO Oil and Gas Co.
  • ARCO Transportation
  • Arete Associates
  • AREVA T&D
  • Argonaut Insurance Company
  • Aseptico International
  • Associated Consultants
  • Astech Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Auditude.com
  • Auto Club of So. California
  • AXT LED Technologies
  • Bank of America
  • Bates Program
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Beckton, Dickenson & Co.
  • Bell & Howell
  • BHK, Inc.
  • BioAsyst
  • Biomedical Research Services, Inc.
  • Biosonics
  • BioSTAR, Inc.
  • BJ Hughes (Byron Jackson)
  • Blackhawk Management Corporation
  • Bluebeam Software, Inc.
  • Boeing Company, The
  • Boeing Company ATM
  • Boeing Company Phantom Works
  • Bourns, Inc.
  • BUCKLE-DOWN
  • Bunker Ramo
  • CTG Energetics
  • Cal Center of Environment
  • California Computer Products
  • California State Architects Office
  • California Tomorrow
  • Cardinal Health
  • CHAIN
  • Chevron Oil field Research
  • Chiron Vision (formerly Iolab)
  • CIMIT
  • Citadel Investment Group
  • City of Chino
  • City of Claremont
  • City of San Bernardino
  • Claremont University Consortium
  • Clorox Co. Technical Center
  • COBE
  • Control Data
  • CPI Corp
  • Cryptek, Inc.
  • Cyprus Mines Corporation
  • Cyprus Research
  • D4 Networks, LLC
  • Danbury School
  • Data Devices International
  • Dataproducts Corporation
  • DARPA
  • Developmental Sciences
  • DMFCC
  • DIRECTV, Inc.
  • Douglas Aircraft Company
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dynaform, Inc.
  • Easton Sports, Inc.
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Edison International
  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • Elaine & Richard Wilson Foundation
  • Eldec Corporation
  • Electronic Memories & Magnetics Corp.
  • Electus Technology
  • Endevco
  • ESRI
  • ESL, Inc.
  • Evans & Southerland
  • Everett/Charles
  • Fair Isaac Corporation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Fluidmaster, Inc.
  • Fluor
  • FMC
  • Ford Aerospace, Newport Beach
  • Four-Phase Systems
  • Gaiser Tool & Engineering
  • Garrett AiResearch
  • Garrett Automotive Products Co.
  • Gary Jensen, Inc.
  • Gencorp/Aerojet
  • General Atomic Co.
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • General Motors Corporation
  • General Motors Dynex Co.
  • General Telephone (GTE)
  • Gillead Sciences
  • Golder Federal Services
  • Google Inc.
  • Gould Defense Systems, Inc.
  • Grobecker Associates
  • Heat Transfer Research
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • HIAC-Pacific Scientific
  • HMC
  • HNC Software
  • Hoffman Electronics
  • Honeywell
  • HRL Laboratories
  • HSC Software
  • Hughes Aircraft
  • Hughes Sensors & Communications
  • Hughes Simulations Systems
  • Hydril Company
  • Hydroair

Past Clinic Sponsors I–R

  • I/O Software
  • IBM Idealab
  • InLight Solutions
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intraop, Inc.
  • Intuit, Inc.
  • Iolab
  • Irvine Ranch Water Distrct
  • Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Isostent
  • ITT Barton Instruments
  • ITT Gilfillan
  • IVAC Corporation
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Jet Propulsion Lab/Loral
  • John Crane Belfab
  • Kaiser Steel
  • Kobe, Inc.
  • Kodak
  • Kodak Datatape Incorporated
  • Kodak Spin Physics
  • Kofax Image Products, Inc.
  • Lanterman Development Center
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Laserfiche
  • Leach Corporation
  • Lear Siegler, Inc.
  • Leeds, Hill &Jewett
  • Legato Systems, Inc.
  • Liquid Carbonic Industries
  • Lockheed Adv. Systems
  • Lockheed Aeronautical Systems
  • Lockheed Aircraft Service (Ont.)
  • Lockheed Propulsion
  • Lockheed-Missiles (Palo Alto)
  • Loma Linda
  • Loral
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • M/A-COM LINKABIT, Inc.
  • Magna Instruments Corp.
  • Magulandi Studio
  • Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
  • Max-Viz
  • McDonnell Douglas
  • Medtronic
  • Medtronic Diabetes
  • Medtronic MiniMed
  • Megatek Corporation
  • Menaldi.com
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
  • Metropolitan Water District (MWD)
  • Meyers
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • MiniMed Inc.
  • Monrovia Nursery
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • N2H2
  • Nalco Chemical Company
  • NASA-Ames Research Center
  • NASA-Dryden Flight Resarch Facility
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • National Semiconductor
  • Naval Ocean Systems Center
  • Navy Engineering Lab (Port Hueneme)
  • NC4
  • NeonGecko.com, Inc.
  • Northrop Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Northrop/Adv. Systems
  • Northrop/Anaheim
  • Northrop/B-2 Division
  • Northrop/Elec. Systems Division
  • Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems
  • Northrop Grumman Space Technology
  • Nuera Communications, Inc.
  • Occidental Research Corporation
  • Octel Communications Corporation
  • Operation Second Chance
  • Optivus Technology, Inc.
  • Opto 22
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • Orthodyne Electronics
  • Overture Services, Inc.
  • Owen Racing Shells
  • Pacific Bell
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pacific Scientific
  • Paracel, Inc.
  • PCSI
  • Physical Plant, CUC
  • Pilgrim Place
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona Valley Center for Community Development
  • Pomona Valley Community Hospital
  • Pomona Valley Municipal Water District
  • Portland Cement Company
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • PVP Advanced EO Systems, Inc.
  • Pyxis Corporation
  • QB Inc.
  • QUALCOMM
  • Rain Bird Corporation
  • Ralph M. Parsons Company
  • Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
  • Rand Corporation
  • Raychem Corporation
  • Raytheon Company
  • RealNetworks, Inc.
  • Robert Exter
  • Rocketdyne
  • Rockwell Collins/Passenger Systems
  • Rockwell International/Downey
  • Rockwell International/Energy Systems
  • Rockwell International/Electrical Systems
  • Rockwell International/Marine Systems
  • Rockwell Science Center
  • Roscoe Moss Manufacturing, Co.
  • Royal Industries

Past Clinic Sponsors S–Z

  • SAEDCOM
  • SAIC
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Santa Barbara Aviation
  • Santa Fe International
  • Schlosser Forge
  • Schwien Engineering
  • Sierra Wireless America, Inc.
  • Skasol, Inc.
  • SMC (3)
  • Smith Tool
  • Snaptrack
  • Soff-Cut International, Inc.
  • So. California Edison
  • So. California Gas Company
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Southwestern Regional Labs
  • Space Shuttle
  • Space Systems/Loral
  • Spragg & Associates
  • Sprocket Digital
  • SRI International
  • Storm Integration, Inc.
  • Stystron Donner
  • Sun Microsystems
  • SWECO, Inc.
  • System Development Corporation
  • Teledyne Cast Product
  • Teledyne Mecca
  • Teledyne Microelectronics
  • Teledyne Systems, Inc.
  • Teradyne
  • Texaco, Inc.
  • Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • The Capital Group
  • The Green Media Toolshed
  • Thermadore/Waste King/LA
  • Trex Enterprises
  • TRW, Inc.
  • TRW/Space and Tech Group
  • UC Irvine
  • UCR/CCB
  • Uncle Spanky’s Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • Unisys Corporation
  • United Devices
  • UNOCAL
  • U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Co.
  • US Fire Lab I
  • US Forestry Service Fire Lab II
  • UVP, Inc.
  • Vaportech Corporation
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • Vortox Manufacturing Co.
  • VTEK
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Walter Reed
  • Web TV Networks, Inc.
  • Western LNG Terminal Association
  • Westinghouse
  • WODC: Fluor Drilling Services
  • WolfeTech Corporation
  • WorldPort Internet, Inc.
  • Xerox Corp. (Electro-Optical)
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Yahoo, Inc