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.
Last modified Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 at 10:48
Stanford researchers have developed a tiny moving probe to study the mechanical properties of sensory cells in the ear. Their work could lead to new treatments for hearing loss, and the probe may advance other scientists’ research as well.
Much of what is known about sensory touch and hearing cells is based on indirect observation. Scientists know that these exceptionally tiny cells are sensitive to changes in force and pressure. But to truly understand how they function, scientists must be able to manipulate them directly. Now, Stanford scientists are developing a set of tools that are small enough to stimulate an individual nerve or group of nerves but also fast and flexible enough to mimic a realistic range of forces.
Last modified Thu, 5 Dec, 2013 at 16:53
Experimental evidence and computer simulations suggest how to grow structures with the best trade offs between three desired characteristics: strength, flexibility and the ability to dissipate heat.
When engineers design devices, they must often join together two materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged into a socket that can’t expand and contract rapidly enough to maintain an unbroken contact over time.
Last modified Mon, 2 Dec, 2013 at 15:32
Three-year, $1.165 million award to Professor Reinhold Dauskardt is part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to make solar fully competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.
The Department of Energy has awarded Professor Reinhold Dauskardt $1.165 million to study how factors such as heat fluctuations and moisture changes will affect the photovoltaic arrays that utility companies would use to build large scale solar power plants.
Last modified Mon, 25 Nov, 2013 at 16:05
Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recognize Goodson for 'distinguished contributions in the thermal sciences'
Kenneth Goodson, Professor and Bosch Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, is being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for "his distinguished contributions in the thermal sciences, particularly for the advancement of heat transfer research in electronic nanostructures and packaging."
Last modified Thu, 5 Dec, 2013 at 17:06
Engineering Professor David Kelley has co-authored a book with his brother about how to unlock everyone's innate creativity.
David Kelley firmly believes that humans are inherently creative. The founder of Stanford Engineering’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, informally known as the d.school, says that all of us start out drawing, painting and playing pretend, but over time we are led to believe that there are "creatives" and "non-creatives," with the majority of us believing we fall into the latter category.
Last modified Thu, 7 Nov, 2013 at 14:30
Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded 11 seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.
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 8:57
Xiaolin Zheng, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, is selected as one of 35 people under age 35 driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs.
Technology Review has named Xiaolin Zheng, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, to its annual TR35 list honoring the year’s top young innovators.
Last modified Thu, 19 Sep, 2013 at 13:17
A class led by d.school founder David Kelley primed students to look for ‘the differences that make a difference’ in the cars on display at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach
Automobile enthusiasts from around the world will gather at Pebble Beach on Sunday for the Concours d’Elegance, an annual event at which about 200 vintage cars go on display to compete for favor before a select panel of judges.
Last modified Thu, 15 Aug, 2013 at 14:21
Associate Professor Gianluca Iaccarino will lead a government-funded project that will use the next generation of supercomputers to model techniques that could dramatically increase the efficiency of solar power. The project will receive $3.2 million per year for five years.
Some mathematical simulations used to predict the outcomes of real events are so complex that they'll stump even today's top supercomputers. To incubate the next generation of supercomputers for tackling real-world problems, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected Stanford as one of its three new Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers.
Last modified Thu, 1 Aug, 2013 at 11:57