Mechanical Engineering

Stanford engineers develop a device for measuring how birds take flight

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A new device invented by Assistant Professor David Lentink will answer long-held questions about the forces birds generate while flying and could lead to the development of innovative, efficient unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Measuring How Birds Take Flight
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Device invented by David Lentink will answer questions about the forces birds generate while flying.

It's easy to look at a bird and deduce that it flies by flapping its wings, but understanding exactly how a bird generates lift has long eluded scientists.

Last modified Thu, 15 Jan, 2015 at 10:08

ME Women's Seminars: Becoming fearless - Calculating risks, building your skill set, and going for it!

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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. 

The seminars are every Thursday, January 8 - March 12, 2015.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015. 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Building 300 - Main Quad, Room 300, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford
Sponsors: 
Sandia National Laboratories
Admission: 
Free: All are invited

Last modified Thu, 15 Jan, 2015 at 15:14

ME Women's Seminars: Becoming fearless - Calculating risks, building your skill set, and going for it!

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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.  The seminars are every Thursday, January 8 - March 12, 2015.

4:00 pm Social, 4:15 pm Seminar Starts

Date/Time: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 
Building 300 - Main Quad, Room 300, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford
Admission: 
Free: All are Invited

Last modified Fri, 9 Jan, 2015 at 8:33

ME Women's Seminars: Becoming fearless - Calculating risks, building your skill set, and going for it!

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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.  The seminars are every Thursday, January 8 - March 12, 2015.

4:00 pm Social, 4:15 pm Seminar Starts

Date/Time: 
Thursday, January 8, 2015. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 
Building 300 - Main Quad, Room 300, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford
Admission: 
All are Invited

Last modified Thu, 8 Jan, 2015 at 15:09

Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

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Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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Seed Grants for Energy Research
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Eight grants awarded to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency.

Last modified Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 at 10:01

Stanford Engineering Professor Kenneth Goodson named a Fellow of the American Physical Society

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Mechanical Engineering chairman cited 'for contributions to the understanding of phonon and electron conduction in solid films, nanostructures and in semiconductor nanoelectronics.'

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American Physical Society Honors Goodson
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Professor Kenneth Goodson Elevated to Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Stanford Professor Kenneth Goodson

Last modified Fri, 12 Dec, 2014 at 12:22

Stanford d.school students humanize a truck for a good cause

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Stanford students get their hands dirty designing and rebuilding a truck to serve the specific needs of San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation.

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Students humanize truck for good cause
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Stanford d.school students redesign a truck for Humanize My Ride Course.

The well-used delivery truck came with seats for two. Now it needed sturdy, safe seats for three people and a dog. And the passenger seat had to be removable so mechanics could maintain and repair the engine.

That's just one of dozens of design challenges that must be solved by Stanford students in the Humanize My Ride course. The students are customizing the truck, purchased by the Revs Program, for donation to The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, early next year.

Last modified Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 at 11:27

Arun Majumdar named U.S. Science Envoy

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Mechanical engineering professor will focus on interactions with Poland and the Baltic Region.

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Majumdar Named U.S. Science Envoy
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Mechanical engineering professor will focus on interactions with Poland and the Baltic Region.

Professor Arun Majumdar

Last modified Fri, 5 Dec, 2014 at 9:45

Stanford honors engineering professor and LGBT center with 2014 President's Awards for Excellence Through Diversity

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This year's individual winner is Sheri D. Sheppard, a professor of mechanical engineering. The 2014 program winner is the LGBT Community Resources Center.

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Sheppard Wins President's DIversity Award
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Professor of mechanical engineering receives 2014 President's Awards for Excellence Through Diversity

A mechanical engineering professor praised "for serving as a trailblazing role model for women in engineering," and a campus center lauded "for fostering a strong and diverse LGBT community" will each receive a 2014 President's Award for Excellence Through Diversity.

The awards were established in 2009 to recognize and honor individuals and programs that have made exceptional contributions to enhancing and supporting diversity within the campus community.

Last modified Mon, 1 Dec, 2014 at 10:17

Stanford engineers climb walls using gecko-inspired climbing device

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Gecko toes have the exciting ability to adhere strongly to nearly any surface and yet release with minimal effort. In an attempt to mimic those properties of the lizards, Stanford engineers have designed a controllable adhesive system that can stick to glass and support a person's weight.

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Gecko Inspires Climbing Device
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Stanford engineers have designed a controllable adhesive system that can stick to glass and support a person's weight.

If you spot someone stuck to the sheer glass side of a building on the Stanford campus, it's probably Elliot Hawkes testing his dissertation work.

Hawkes, a mechanical engineering graduate student, works with a team of engineers who are developing controllable, reusable adhesive materials that, like the gecko toes that inspire the work, can form a strong bond with smooth surfaces but also release with minimal effort.

Last modified Fri, 21 Nov, 2014 at 9:39