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The 15th Biennial Summer Program of the Center for Turbulence Research

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International participants from academia, industry and government collaborate on projects at biennial summer program.

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Since 1987 the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University has advanced our understanding of turbulent flows. Turbulence is the complex and chaotic state of fluid motion that we encounter every time we drive a car, hit a ball or fly in a plane.

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Center for Turbulence Research Summer Program

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The 15th Biennial Summer Program of the Center for Turbulence Research brought international participants from academia, industry and government to Stanford University to collaborate on projects involving the complex and chaotic state of fluid motion we encounter every time we drive a car, hit a ball or fly in a plane. 

Last modified Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 at 13:33

Stanford course gives students just 10 weeks to design, build and fly tiny 'rescue' aircraft

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Unique engineering course draws students from across campus with its hands-on approach to creating pilotless aircraft.

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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.

Last modified Fri, 15 Aug, 2014 at 15:39

Stanford and Saudi scientists launch six-year collaboration on aerospace research

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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.

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Stanford and Saudi scientists launch a six-year collaboration expected to yield many advances in aerospace technology.

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.

Last modified Thu, 7 Aug, 2014 at 8:40

Stanford engineers head to Washington to demonstrate software for controlling fleets of robo-cars

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Professor Marco Pavone is perfecting a system to dispatch fleets of autonomous shuttles, buses and taxis.

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Stanford engineers head to Washington to demonstrate software for controlling fleets of robo-cars.

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.

Last modified Wed, 11 Jun, 2014 at 11:34

Stanford opens state-of-the-art facility for collaborative scientific visualization

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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.

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New visualization tool assists cross-disciplinary researchers

"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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Stanford professor shapes safety specs for next-generation aircraft

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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.

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Stanford engineer Fu-Kuo Chang leads efforts to build safety sensors into planes.

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.

Last modified Fri, 14 Mar, 2014 at 12:57

NASA Event Brings Space Scientists To Stanford Engineering

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Cutting edge thinkers traded ideas and updates at a symposium that was recorded and archived.

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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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NASA Advanced Innovative Concepts 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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Tuesday, February 4, 2014. 9:00 am - Thursday, February 6, 2014. 8:00 pm
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MacKenzie Room, 3rd Floor Huang Engineering Center
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Attendees must register: http://events.SignUp4.com/NIAC2014 .

Last modified Mon, 13 Jan, 2014 at 16:53

President Obama selects two Stanford engineers for early career award

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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.

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Sigrid Close and Jennifer Dionne 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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