Mechanical Engineering News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Students and faculty organized this inaugural Mechanical Engineering Conference to showcase the breadth of interdisciplinary research by the ME community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Stanford students get their hands dirty designing and rebuilding a truck to serve the specific needs of San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mechanical Engineering chairman cited 'for contributions to the understanding of phonon and electron conduction in solid films, nanostructures and in semiconductor nanoelectronics.'
Stanford honors engineering professor and LGBT center with 2014 President's Awards for Excellence Through Diversity
Monday, December 1, 2014
This year's individual winner is Sheri D. Sheppard, a professor of mechanical engineering. The 2014 program winner is the LGBT Community Resources Center.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Gecko toes have the exciting ability to adhere strongly to nearly any surface and yet release with minimal effort. In an attempt to mimic those properties of the lizards, Stanford engineers have designed a controllable adhesive system that can stick to glass and support a person's weight.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Sheppard receives a national honor for her innovative approach to teaching undergraduate students in a hands-on, problem-solving way that transforms large classes into small group-learning laboratories.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Mark Cutkosky has been recognized for achievements in robotics, and Thomas Kenny has been honored for achievements in microelectromechanical systems.