Aeronautics and Astronautics

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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Professor Promotes Plane Safety
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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 13:57

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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NASA Comes to Stanford
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Space thinkers share ideas at NASA symposium.

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.

Last modified Mon, 10 Feb, 2014 at 16:38

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 17:53

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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Stanford Engineers Honored
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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.

Last modified Fri, 10 Jan, 2014 at 12:17

Letter from the Dean

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

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New Directions

Stanford Engineering Dean Jim Plummer

Last modified Wed, 18 Dec, 2013 at 11:35

Stanford Engineering Year in Review

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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.

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New Directions
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Stanford engineers tackled some of the world's biggest challenges during the past academic year.

 

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. 

Last modified Thu, 13 Mar, 2014 at 15:24

Stanford School of Engineering names new engineering heroes

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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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New Heroes Announced
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Nobel Prize winner, Google founders, the first U.S. woman in space are among those honored.

A Nobel Prize winner, the founders of Google and the first  American woman in space are among the six people selected as this year's Stanford Engineering Heroes, an honor recognizing those who have advanced the course of human, social and economic progress through engineering and science.

The six, who have worldwide reputations as innovators and leaders, represent a diversity of fields ranging from aeronautics to economics to electrical engineering.

Last modified Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 at 11:48

Stanford faculty awarded $2.2 million for innovative energy research

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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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Grants for new energy research
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Engineering faculty to pursue clean tech, energy efficiency.

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded 11 seed grants totaling $2.2 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency.

Last modified Thu, 31 Oct, 2013 at 9:57

Drones open way to new world of coral research

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Camera-equipped flying robots promise new insights into climate-change effects on important ecosystems.

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Drones Aid Coral Research
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Camera-equipped flying robots promise insights into climate-change effects.

Like undiscovered groves of giant redwoods, centuries-old living corals remain unmapped and unmeasured. Scientists still know relatively little about the world's biggest corals, where they are and how long they have lived.

The secret to unlocking these mysteries may lie with a shoebox-size flying robot.

Last modified Wed, 16 Oct, 2013 at 16:27

Stanford Engineering alum heading for space

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Michael Hopkins will join Russian cosmonauts on a six-month visit to the International Space Station.

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Stanford Engineering Alum in Space
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Michael Hopkins will join Russian cosmonauts on visit to space station.

Space camp? Try space school. Of roughly 500 astronauts that NASA has trained thus far, 21 attended Stanford University, and four of these alums are on the active roster.

Michael Hopkins (MS AA '92) is one of these four.

Last modified Thu, 10 Oct, 2013 at 14:37