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
  • Aerosol Dynamics, Inc.
  • Aerospace Corporation, The
  • AeroVironment, Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Alcoa (Foundaton)
  • Alejo Engineering Inc.
  • Alfred E. Mann Foundation
  • AlliedSignal Automotive
  • AlloGenesis, LLC
  • Amazon.com
  • American Express
  • American Honda R&D Co.
  • American Pharmaseal-Airlife
  • Ameritone Paint Corp.
  • Amgen Inc.
  • AMPEX
  • ANADEX, Inc.
  • Anaheim, City of
  • Anco Engineers
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • ANP Lighting
  • Apatite to Zircon, Inc.
  • 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
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, LLC
  • Aseptico International
  • Associated Consultants
  • Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) with National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
  • Astech Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Auditude.com
  • Auto Club of So. California
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Avalon Premium Tank Cleaning – A Division of Chemtrans
  • AXT LED Technologies
  • BAE Systems
  • Bank of America
  • Barling Bay, LLC
  • Bates Program
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Beckman Laser Institute
  • Beckton, Dickenson & Co.
  • Bell & Howell
  • BHK, Inc.
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • BioAsyst
  • Biomedical Research Services, Inc.
  • Biosonics
  • BioSTAR, Inc.
  • BJ Hughes (Byron Jackson)
  • Blackberry
  • Blackhawk Management Corporation
  • Blue Origin, LLC
  • Bluebeam Software, Inc.
  • Boeing Company ATM
  • Boeing Company Phantom Works
  • Boeing Company, The
  • Bourns, Inc.
  • Broadcom Foundation
  • BUCKLE-DOWN
  • Bunker Ramo
  • Cal Center of Environment
  • California Computer Products
  • California State Architects Office
  • California Tomorrow
  • CalTech Keck Institute of Space Sciences
  • Cardinal Health
  • CareFusion
  • CHAIN
  • Chevron Oil field Research
  • Chicago Trading Company
  • Chiron Vision (formerly Iolab)
  • CIMIT
  • Citadel Investment Group
  • City of Chino
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Hope
  • City of San Bernardino
  • Claremont University Consortium
  • Clorox Co. Technical Center
  • COBE
  • Cobham; Sargent Fletcher Inc.
  • Control Data
  • Counsyl, Inc.
  • CPI Corp
  • Cryptek, Inc.
  • CTG Energetics
  • Cyprus Mines Corporation
  • Cyprus Research
  • D4 Networks, LLC
  • Danbury School
  • DARPA
  • Dart NeuroScience, LLC
  • Data Devices International
  • Dataproducts Corporation
  • Dave Larky
  • Developmental Sciences
  • DIRECTV, Inc.
  • DMFCC
  • Douglas Aircraft Company
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dreamworks Animation
  • Dynaform, Inc.
  • E.&J. Gallo Winery
  • Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
  • Easton Sports, Inc.
  • Eaton Aerospace
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Edison International
  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • Elaine & Richard Wilson Foundation
  • Eldec Corporation
  • Electronic Memories & Magnetics Corp.
  • Electus Technology
  • EMC Isilon Storage
  • Endevco
  • Environmental Data Resources
  • eRecyclingCorps
  • ESL, Inc.
  • eSolar
  • ESRI
  • Evans & Southerland
  • Everett/Charles
  • Exela Health
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Facebook
  • Fair Isaac Corporation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Fillmore Irrigation Company
  • Fluidmaster, Inc.
  • Fluor
  • FMC
  • Ford Aerospace, Newport Beach
  • Four-Phase Systems
  • Fox Interactive Media – MySpace
  • Gaiser Tool & Engineering
  • Garrett AiResearch
  • Garrett Automotive Products Co.
  • Gary Jensen, Inc.
  • Gencorp/Aerojet
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • General Atomic Co.
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • General Motors Corporation
  • General Motors Dynex Co.
  • General Telephone (GTE)
  • Genius.com
  • 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
  • Insight Surgical Instruments, LLC
  • InstaMed Communications, LLC
  • Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intraop, Inc.
  • Intuit, Inc.
  • Iolab
  • Irvine Ranch Water Distrct
  • Isilon Systems
  • Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Isostent
  • ITT Barton Instruments
  • ITT Gilfillan
  • IVAC Corporation
  • Ixia
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Jane Street Capital
  • Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Jet Propulsion Lab/Loral
  • John Crane Belfab
  • Kaiser Steel
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation
  • Kobe, Inc.
  • Kodak
  • Kodak Datatape Incorporated
  • Kodak Spin Physics
  • Kofax Image Products, Inc.
  • Kona Coffee Farmers Association
  • Lanterman Development Center
  • Laserfiche
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Leach Corporation
  • Lear Siegler, Inc.
  • Leeds, Hill &Jewett
  • Legato Systems, Inc.
  • Lien Institute for the Environment
  • LinkedIn Corporation
  • Liquid Carbonic Industries
  • Lockheed Adv. Systems
  • Lockheed Aeronautical Systems
  • Lockheed Aircraft Service (Ont.)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lockheed Propulsion
  • Lockheed-Missiles (Palo Alto)
  • Loma Linda
  • Loral
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
  • M/A-COM LINKABIT, Inc.
  • M2 Renewables, Inc.
  • Magna Instruments Corp.
  • magnify360
  • Magulandi Studio
  • Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Matterport
  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
  • Max-Viz
  • Mazda
  • McDonnell Douglas
  • Medtronic
  • Medtronic Diabetes
  • Medtronic MiniMed
  • Megatek Corporation
  • Menaldi.com
  • MetCel, LLC
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
  • Metropolitan Water District (MWD)
  • Meyers
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • MiniMed Inc.
  • MITRE Corporation, The
  • Monrovia Nursery
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • N2H2
  • Nalco Chemical Company
  • NASA-Ames Research Center
  • NASA-Dryden Flight Resarch Facility
  • National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
  • National Institute for Nano-Engineering (NINE)
  • National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • National Semiconductor
  • NationBuilder
  • Naval Ocean Systems Center
  • Navy Engineering Lab (Port Hueneme)
  • NC4
  • NeonGecko.com, Inc.
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Northrop Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems
  • Northrop Grumman Space Technology
  • Northrop/Adv. Systems
  • Northrop/Anaheim
  • Northrop/B-2 Division
  • Northrop/Elec. Systems Division
  • Nuera Communications, Inc.
  • Occidental Research Corporation
  • Octel Communications Corporation
  • Operation Hope Foundation
  • Operation Second Chance
  • Optivus Proton Therapy
  • Optivus Technology, Inc.
  • Opto 22
  • Oracle
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute (OBEI)
  • Oregon Medical Laser Center
  • Orthodyne Electronics
  • Overture Services, Inc.
  • Owen Racing Shells
  • Pacific Bell
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pacific Scientific
  • Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
  • Paracel, Inc.
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Parasoft Corporation
  • Parco, Inc.
  • PCSI
  • Physical Plant, CUC
  • Pilgrim Place
  • Pitzer College
  • Platform for Media, The
  • Pomona Valley Center for Community Development
  • Pomona Valley Community Hospital
  • Pomona Valley Municipal Water District
  • Portland Cement Company
  • Portland General Electric
  • PotaVida, Inc.
  • Power Generation Solutions
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Proofpoint, Inc.
  • Proteus Biomedical
  • PVP Advanced EO Systems, Inc.
  • Pyxis Corporation
  • QB Inc.
  • QUALCOMM
  • Quantcast Corporation
  • Rain Bird Corporation
  • Ralph M. Parsons Company
  • Rambus, Inc.
  • Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
  • Rand Corporation
  • Rapid7, Inc.
  • Raychem Corporation
  • Raytheon Company
  • RealNetworks, Inc.
  • Red Hat
  • Robert Exter
  • Rocketdyne
  • Rocketry Organization of California
  • Rockwell Collins/Passenger Systems
  • Rockwell International/Downey
  • Rockwell International/Electrical Systems
  • Rockwell International/Energy Systems
  • Rockwell International/Marine Systems
  • Rockwell Science Center
  • Roscoe Moss Manufacturing, Co.
  • Royal Industries
  • Rubicon Project

Past Clinic Sponsors S–Z

  • SAEDCOM
  • SAIC
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Santa Barbara Aviation
  • Santa Fe International
  • Schlosser Forge
  • Schwien Engineering
  • SEAmagine Hydrospace Corporation
  • Shell International Exploration & Production Inc.
  • Sierra Wireless America, Inc.
  • Silfur Capital, LLC
  • Skasol, Inc.
  • Skyline Eco-Adventures
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • SMC (3)
  • Smith Tool
  • Snaptrack
  • So. California Edison
  • So. California Gas Company
  • Soff-Cut International, Inc.
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Southwestern Regional Labs
  • Space Shuttle
  • Space Systems/Loral
  • SpaceX
  • SpectraSensors, Inc.
  • Spragg & Associates
  • Sprocket Digital
  • SRI International
  • Steelcase, Inc.
  • SternoCandleLamp
  • Storm Integration, Inc.
  • Stystron Donner
  • Sun Microsystems
  • SWECO, Inc.
  • Syngenta
  • System Development Corporation
  • Technicolor
  • Technip, USA
  • Teledyne Cast Product
  • Teledyne Controls
  • Teledyne Mecca
  • Teledyne Microelectronics
  • Teledyne Systems, Inc.
  • Teradyne
  • Texaco, Inc.
  • Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • The Capital Group
  • The Green Media Toolshed
  • Thermadore/Waste King/LA
  • Three Valleys Municipal Water District (TVMWD)
  • Time, Inc.
  • Trex Enterprises
  • Trivec Avant Corporation, a Cobham Company
  • TRW, Inc.
  • TRW/Space and Tech Group
  • U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Co.
  • UC Irvine
  • UCR/CCB
  • Uncle Spanky’s Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • Unisys Corporation
  • United Devices
  • University of British Columbia
  • UNOCAL
  • US Fire Lab I
  • US Forestry Service Fire Lab II
  • UVP, Inc.
  • Vaportech Corporation
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • VMware, Inc.
  • Vortox Manufacturing Co.
  • VTEK
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Walter Reed
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • Web TV Networks, Inc.
  • Western LNG Terminal Association
  • Westinghouse
  • White-Rodgers Division of Emerson
  • WODC: Fluor Drilling Services
  • WolfeTech Corporation
  • WorldPort Internet, Inc.
  • WorldQuant, LLC
  • Xerox Corp. (Electro-Optical)
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Yahoo, Inc
  • Yelp, Inc.
  • Zodiac Aerospace – Zodiac Water & Waste Systems