Mechanical Engineering News

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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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 d.school 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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