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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By making digital versions of real-world science experiments available to anyone on the Internet, Stanford Professor Lambertus Hesselink has developed a new approach to integrating laboratory experience with massive online science courses.
For the past three years, two of Lambertus Hesselink's graduate students have been planning, building and calibrating a nano-conveyor belt. The one-of-a-kind experiment is about the size of a billiard table, and consists of lasers, mirrors, microscopes and computers that form a set of optical tweezers that can manipulate individual nanoparticles.
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Just as flash memory once replaced hard disk drives to make smart phones possible, this new RRAM chip could lead to even smaller, smarter gizmos as well as new types of electronic devices that simply aren’t possible today.
In an engineering first, Stanford researchers have built a working prototype for a new type of memory chip that has the potential to store more data, using less space, than the flash memory chips found in smart phones, tablets and laptops today.
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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.
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.
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Stanford researchers surprised to find how neural circuits zero in on the specific information needed for decisions
Using brain recordings and a computer model, an interdisciplinary team confounds the conventional wisdom about how the brain sorts out relevant versus irrelevant sensory inputs in making choices.
While eating lunch, you notice an insect buzzing around your plate. Its color and motion could both influence how you respond. If the insect was yellow and black you might decide it was a bee and move away. Conversely, you might simply be annoyed at the buzzing motion and shoo the insect away. You perceive both color and motion, and decide based on the circumstances. Our brains make such contextual decisions in a heartbeat. The mystery is how.
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Research could aid development of more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Working with a metal oxide that shows promise for future generations of electronic devices, IBM and SLAC scientists have shown that they can precisely control the temperature at which it flips from being an electrical conductor to an insulator – and thus functions as an electronic switch.
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Stanford's first-ever entry in the Department of Energy-sponsored green building competition finished in fifth place, the top team among California-based competitors, and placed among the top five teams in six of the 10 judging categories.
Stanford students participated in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon green-building competition for the first time this year but performed like seasoned veterans. The student-built Start.Home finished fifth among an international field of 19 similar projects.
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Using heat-resistant ceramics, researchers have made a significant advance in thermophotovoltaics, creating electricity from heat.
Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter, an element used in specialized solar cells, that could significantly improve the efficiency of the cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can then be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.
Unlike earlier prototypes that fell apart before temperatures reached 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit (1,200 degrees Celsius), the new thermal emitter remains stable at temperatures as high as 2,500 F (1,400 C).
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New device that miniaturizes particle acceleration process reported in the journal Nature.
Stanford engineers have helped create what may be the next big thing in particle accelerators – and it fits on a fingertip.
The project included scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a linear accelerator two miles long.
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