Mechanical Engineering News

Meet "Hedgehog": Your tour guide to asteroids, comets and other things that whirl around the solar system

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A team of engineers builds a cube-like rover for exploration in some of the most extreme conditions in space.

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Stanford researchers develop microscope that allows first-ever look at live muscle units in action

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The basic process of force-generation in muscle has been known for decades, but until now no one has ever seen it work at a microscopic level in a living human. The new microscope could provide unique insights into treating muscular degenerative diseases.

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Stanford team develops software to predict and prevent drone collisions

Friday, December 11, 2015

How do we prevent collisions when thousands of drones are flying in congested areas? A software-enabled system could play the role of an autonomous air traffic manager for unmanned flights.

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Stanford-led skyscraper-style chip design could boost electronic performance by factor of a thousand

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In modern computer systems, processor and memory chips are laid out like single-story structures in a suburb. But suburban layouts waste time and energy. A new skyscraper-like design, based on materials more advanced than silicon, provides the next computing platform.

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Stanford engineers among recipients of Precourt Institute and TomKat Center $2.1 million grants

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grants will fund groundbreaking energy research

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Plasma experiments bring astrophysics down to Earth

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New laboratory technique allows researchers to replicate on a tiny scale the swirling clouds of ionized gases that power the sun, to further our understanding of fusion energy, solar flares and other cosmic phenomena.

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Atom-sized craters make a catalyst much more active

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SLAC, Stanford Engineering discovery could speed important chemical reactions, such as making hydrogen fuel

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Introducing MARTY, Stanford's self-driving, electric, drifting DeLorean

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stanford engineers built an autonomous DeLorean capable of stable, precise drifting at large angles in order to study how cars perform in extreme situations, which could ultimately guide the development of autonomous safety protocols.

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Tension helps heart cells develop normally in the lab, according to Stanford engineers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Researchers have long been able to prod stem cells into forming heart-like beating clumps in the lab, but those cells don't behave like normal heart cells. Getting them to mimic normal adult cells – a critical step for eventually using them to test drugs – requires tension and a specific shape.

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Arun Majumdar named co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Arun Majumdar, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, will serve as co-director of the university's Precourt Institute for Energy. He will serve with the current director, Sally M. Benson, professor of energy resources engineering.

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Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

Friday, August 28, 2015

By solving how whooper swans keep their heads steady during flapping flight, Stanford engineers have developed a camera suspension system that could allow drones to produce crisper video images.

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Stanford d.school's Bernie Roth recommends a bias toward action

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In his new book, Roth says he believes that people can lead more fulfilling lives by actually doing things, instead of merely trying to do things.

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Stanford high-speed video reveals how lovebirds keep a clear line of sight during acrobatic flight

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lovebirds turn their heads at record speeds to maneuver through densely crowded airspace. Stanford Engineering's David Lentink says this strategy could be applied to drone cameras to improve visual systems.

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Stanford researchers stretch a thin crystal to get better solar cells

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Crystalline semiconductors such as silicon can catch photons and convert their energy into electron flows. New research shows that a little stretching could give one of silicon's lesser-known cousins its own place in the sun.

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Stanford collaboration with General Motors recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education

Monday, June 22, 2015

Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award recognizes joint development of course that helps GM engineers improve products, processes and services.

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Grippy, not sticky: Stanford engineers debut an incredibly adhesive material that doesn't get stuck

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A material inspired by the unique physics of geckos' fingertips could allow robotic hands to grip nearly any type of object without applying excessive pressure.

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Mechanical engineering students showcase imaginative research at first MECON

Friday, May 22, 2015

Students and faculty organized this inaugural Mechanical Engineering Conference to showcase the breadth of interdisciplinary research by the ME community.

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Beth Pruitt elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In an interdisciplinary blend of engineering and medicine, Pruitt seeks to detect and measure the minute forces generated by living cells.

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Five faculty members receive NSF Early Career Development awards

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Assistant professors Amin Arbabian, Michael Lepech, Marco Pavone, Manu Prakash and Sindy Tang awarded grants to help promising junior faculty pursue outstanding research while also improving education.

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Stanford engineer helps crack mystery of bird flight

Monday, March 23, 2015

A team led by mechanical engineer David Lentink has identified the design qualities that make bird wings famously efficient over a wide range of flight styles. The research could lead to improved aircraft design.

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Stanford engineering students build basketball-shooting robots

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Students in Mechanical Engineering 210 design and build bots that shoot and dunk as many "basketballs" as possible in less than two minutes.

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Engineering a rowing team

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Engineering is a popular and useful major for members of Stanford's rowing team.

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Stanford engineer produces free Braille-writer app

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A touchscreen Braille writer developed during a Stanford Engineering summer course is now an app that turns an iPad into an invaluable tool for blind and visually impaired people.

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Stanford-designed Hapkit brings physical touch to the virtual classroom

Thursday, January 29, 2015

National Science Foundation grant allows Stanford Engineering team to experiment with a way to combine online learning with hands-on experience.

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Stanford engineers develop a device for measuring how birds take flight

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new device invented by Assistant Professor David Lentink will answer long-held questions about the forces birds generate while flying and could lead to the development of innovative, efficient unmanned aerial vehicles.

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