Mechanical Engineering News
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.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
In mechanical engineering course ME 202, Stanford students learn how to turn open-source smartphone operating systems into powerful control of mechatronic devices.
Monday, November 3, 2014
An invention called a time capsule is a tiny chemistry lab designed to take a fingerprint of contamination and also disclose when it occurred.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The award recognizes Goodson’s work studying heat transfer in electronic nanostructures and packaging, microfluidic heat sinks, and thermoelectric and photonic energy conversion devices.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A quantitative analysis of hummingbird wings shows that they generate lift more efficiently than the best microhelicopter blades. The findings could lead to more powerful, bird-inspired robotic vehicles.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The award recognizes contributions to the science and technology of phonon and electron transport and scattering in films and nanostructures.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Xiaolin Zheng’s work developing peel-and-stick solar panels earns her a spot in 2014 class of young innovators.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In this interdisciplinary project, graduate student Alexandre Jais turned out quick prototypes on his 3D printer at home.
Friday, March 7, 2014
When humans go into space, the reduced gravity can weaken the heart's ability to pump hard in response to a crisis. Stanford student researchers are developing a simple device to monitor an astronaut's heart function, and have flown in near-zero gravity to show that it works.
Shedding a light on pain: A technique developed by Stanford bioengineers could lead to new treatments
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Stanford researchers have developed mice whose sensitivity to pain can be dialed up or down by shining light on their paws. The research could help scientists understand and eventually treat chronic pain in humans.