Aeronautics and Astronautics
Unique engineering course draws students from across campus with its hands-on approach to creating pilotless aircraft.
Standing at the edge of an isolated field, Peter Blake dropped a few bits of dried grass to check the wind before giving the signal to launch the small, computer-controlled aircraft that he and seven other students built for a course at Stanford School of Engineering.
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New fuels, flight designs, safety techniques, space missions and supporting technologies are expected to emerge from the new Stanford Center of Excellence in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
New green propellants. Tiny aerial vehicles that fly like birds. Faster algorithms to simulate turbulence. The most precise positioning technology known to science.
These are among the projects that will be pursued by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)/Stanford Center of Excellence in Aeronautics and Astronautics, a collaborative effort involving engineers from Stanford and scientists from KACST in Saudi Arabia.
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Professor Marco Pavone is perfecting a system to dispatch fleets of autonomous shuttles, buses and taxis.
Engineers have spent the past decade developing and improving autonomous vehicles that use sensors and software systems to replace human drivers.
Now one Stanford professor is working on the next challenge: developing software systems to manage fleets of autonomous taxis, buses or shuttles.
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An immersive visualization environment, the HIVE will give researchers a powerful new tool to advance our knowledge across many disciplines. Members of the Stanford community are invited to tour the new research and teaching facility on June 6.
"Seeing is believing," or so the saying goes. A new facility housed in the Huang Engineering Center gives that old adage a forward spin: Seeing is understanding.
Stanford's new HANA Immersive Visualization Environment, or HIVE for short, is designed to give researchers a powerful new tool to see, study and solve problems in every realm of knowledge from biology to cosmology and from engineering to art.
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Fu-Kuo Chang, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics, led an international effort to build sensors into the skin and bones of planes, creating a “nervous system” to continuously monitor their structural health.
A new generation of aircraft is taking flight on wings made from carbon composites, a new class of materials less expensive to manufacture than aluminum with the added benefit of embedding safety sensors into a plane’s frame and skin.
As these new materials have started coming into commercial use, researchers have been working to understand how carbon composites withstand the rigors of flight and demonstrate their safety.
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Cutting edge thinkers traded ideas and updates at a symposium that was recorded and archived.
Could a computer analysis of dolphin communications serve as a model for deciphering possible future contacts with an extraterrestrial race?
That was but one of the questions that arose last week when dozens of space scientists gathered at Stanford Engineering for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium.
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The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, an initiative that aims to nurture visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions, will hold its annual symposium from February 2-4 at Stanford. The event is open to the public, but registration is required: http://events.SignUp4.com/NIAC2014.
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Sigrid Close, an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Jennifer Dionne, an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Sigrid Close, an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is among 19 National Science Foundation-funded researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the U.S. government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers early in their independent research careers.
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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.
The Stanford School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, turning big ideas into solutions that have improved people’s lives across the globe. Our mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and educate leaders who will make the world a better place by using the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.
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