Mechanical Engineering News

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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Stanford engineer among Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers

Friday, January 10, 2014

Xiaolin Zheng, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, is cited for her work developing peel-and-stick solar panels.

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Pulse founders exemplify Silicon Valley startup culture

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Engineering alums Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari developed mobile news aggregation app Pulse as Stanford students.

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Letter from the Dean

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stanford engineers have always tackled the biggest challenges, and the past academic year was no exception.

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Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are driven to change the world, and 2013 was no exception. Stanford Engineering faculty and students blazed new trails in energy, nanotechnology, bioengineering, education and many other fields.

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Stanford Mechanical Engineers develop new technology to study hearing

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Stanford researchers have developed a tiny moving probe to study the mechanical properties of sensory cells in the ear. Their work could lead to new treatments for hearing loss, and the probe may advance other scientists’ research as well.

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Stanford School of Engineering names new engineering heroes

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Nobel Prize winner, Google's founders, the first American woman in space and others honored for their contributions to technology and society.

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Stanford engineers show how to optimize carbon nanotube arrays for hot spots

Monday, December 2, 2013

Experimental evidence and computer simulations suggest how to grow structures with the best trade offs between three desired characteristics: strength, flexibility and the ability to dissipate heat.

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Kenneth Goodson, Professor and Bosch Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Elected to AAAS

Monday, November 25, 2013

Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recognize Goodson for 'distinguished contributions in the thermal sciences'

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Study to assess how heat and moisture will affect the lifespan of utility-scale photovoltaic arrays

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three-year, $1.165 million award to Professor Reinhold Dauskardt is part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to make solar fully competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.

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Stanford d.school founder fosters creative confidence with design thinking

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Engineering Professor David Kelley has co-authored a book with his brother about how to unlock everyone's innate creativity.

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Stanford faculty awarded $2.2 million for innovative energy research

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded 11 seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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