Aeronautics and Astronautics

​Stanford engineer Bradford Parkinson, the 'Father of GPS,' wins the prestigious Marconi Prize

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​The Marconi Prize is awarded each year to recognize major advances in the communications field that benefit humanity.

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​Stanford engineer Bradford Parkinson, the 'Father of GPS,' wins the prestigious Marconi Prize
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​The Marconi Prize is awarded each year to recognize major advances in the communications field that benefit humanity.

Aero/Astro Professor Emeritus Brad Parkinson | Photo courtesy of Bradford Parkinson

       

It is difficult to imagine that 50 years ago, practically no one wanted to fund the development of a Global Positioning System (GPS). Not only were governments uninterested in funding such a project, they didn’t consider it useful.

Last modified Tue, 17 May, 2016 at 10:25

A one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds paves the way for better drones

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An engineer explores how the magic of bird flight can be applied to building better aerial robots.

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A one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds paves the way for better drones
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An engineer explores how the magic of bird flight can be applied to building better aerial robots.

Ferrari, a lovebird, with Stanford's David Lentink, who is using a wind tunnel to probe the mysteries of birds in flight. | Photo by L.A. Cicero

Last modified Fri, 22 Apr, 2016 at 15:46

​John Hennessy: Great leadership can be learned

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Stanford University President John Hennessy offers his take on important leadership qualities, Silicon Valley, and the future of higher education.​

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Stanford University President John Hennessy offers his take on important leadership qualities, Silicon Valley, and the future of higher education.​

Stanford University President John Hennessy discusses some of the most powerful lessons he’s learned as leader of one of the world’s most complex and dynamic institutions of higher education. In conversation with Tina Seelig, director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, at the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series, Hennessy also shares insights from his entrepreneurial career in the high-tech industry.

Last modified Wed, 13 Apr, 2016 at 11:44

Musical training gives Stanford engineers a creative lift

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A fellowship offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Friends of Music at Stanford provides music lessons to engineering students.

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A fellowship offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Friends of Music at Stanford provides music lessons to engineering students.

Stanford engineers can get scholarships to study music and other arts.  | REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Last modified Wed, 16 Mar, 2016 at 9:36

Manu Prakash: "You suddenly stumble upon completely new and creative solutions"

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Stanford bioengineers explore the inner workings of a novel mode of insect flight.

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How does this beetle move along water?

How does this beetle move along water?

When Manu Prakash was a graduate student, he would often search for his thoughts during hikes through the woods in western Massachusetts. On one of these excursions, he stopped by a pond to watch water lilies blossom, and noticed a series of small ripples flash across the water.

Last modified Mon, 14 Mar, 2016 at 15:51

What Matters to Me & Why - Sidney and Persis Drell

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Common Room, Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), Old Union, 3rd Floor  Map

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Common Room, Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), Old Union, 3rd Floor
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dianea1@stanford.edu
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Free, open to all

Last modified Wed, 2 Mar, 2016 at 15:44

Next-Generation Wind Energy - John Dabiri

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Opportunities and Challenges for Next-Generation Wind Energy

4:30 - 6 pm

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center  Map

 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016. 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 
Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Center

Last modified Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 at 10:28

Machine-learning makes poverty mapping as easy as night and day

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An artificial intelligence system trains itself to identify poverty zones by comparing daytime and nighttime satellite images in a novel way.

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An artificial intelligence system trains itself to identify poverty zones by comparing daytime and nighttime satellite images in a novel way.

Children of mine employees in Uganda

Researchers are developing software that can analyze satellite imagery to provide a better way to map poverty in places like Uganda. | Reuters/James Akena

Last modified Tue, 22 Mar, 2016 at 14:05

Women's Seminar, Anousheh Ansari of Prodea Systems & space explorer

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The ME Graduate Women's Group has offered ME/ENGR 311A: Women's Perspectives, a 1-unit credit seminar, every year since the group's inception in 1998. For credit or not, everyone is welcome to come! Speakers are asked to address the factors, experiences, and lessons that have been particularly important to their success in industry, academia, and... life. 

Learn To Lead, Lead to Learn

4:15pm Social | 4:30pm Seminar starts

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Thursday, February 18, 2016. 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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Sandia National Laboratories, General Motors, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, the Vice Provost of Engineering Education, and the School of Engineering Alumni Relations Progra
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Free, open to the public

Last modified Fri, 12 Feb, 2016 at 10:15