Mechanical Engineering News

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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Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

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.

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Stanford students humanize a truck for a good cause

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.

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Stanford Engineering Professor Kenneth Goodson named a Fellow of the American Physical Society

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.'

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Arun Majumdar named U.S. Science Envoy

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mechanical engineering professor will focus on interactions with Poland and the Baltic Region.

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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.

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Stanford engineers climb walls using gecko-inspired climbing device

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.

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Stanford mechanical engineer Sheri Sheppard named U.S. Professor of the Year

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.

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Two Stanford Engineering professors elected fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mark Cutkosky has been recognized for achievements in robotics, and Thomas Kenny has been honored for achievements in microelectromechanical systems.

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Engineering students program smartphones to control quadcopters

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.

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Stanford engineers discover how to record the forensic history of chemical contaminations in water

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.

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Kenneth Goodson receives Semiconductor Research Corporation’s Technical Excellence Award

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.

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Hummingbirds vs. helicopters: Stanford engineers compare flight dynamics

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.

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Stanford students learn to build their own bikes

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One of the most popular courses run by the Product Realization Lab, ME 204 teaches students how to build bicycles, but also patience and project management.

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Professor Kenneth Goodson receives ASME’s 2014 Heat Transfer Memorial Award

Friday, June 20, 2014

The award recognizes contributions to the science and technology of phonon and electron transport and scattering in films and nanostructures.

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Stanford Engineer Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Friday, May 16, 2014

Xiaolin Zheng’s work developing peel-and-stick solar panels earns her a spot in 2014 class of young innovators.

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Animatronic design challenge takes to the water

Monday, March 17, 2014

Stanford mechanical engineering students demonstrate their autonomous, battery-powered waterfowl.

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Mechanical engineer helps eye doctors turn smart phone into diagnostic tool

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In this interdisciplinary project, graduate student Alexandre Jais turned out quick prototypes on his 3D printer at home.

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Stanford engineers brave the 'vomit comet' to improve astronauts' heart health

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.

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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.

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