Mechanical Engineering

Open Garage Talk - Mindset of a Champion

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Reception at 5 pm, discussion at 6 pm
Wednesday, February 10
 Automotive Innovation Facility, Stanford  Map
     

Registration required; seating is limited

 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Automotive Innovation Facility, Stanford
Admission: 
Free with registration, open to the public

Last modified Fri, 5 Feb, 2016 at 16:30

Meet "Hedgehog": Your tour guide to asteroids, comets and other things that whirl around the solar system

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A team of engineers builds a cube-like rover for exploration in some of the most extreme conditions in space.

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Robotic space hedgehog will hop, flip and spin to explore asteroids.
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A team of engineers builds a cube-like rover for exploration in some of the most extreme conditions in space.

Your best guess is that the landscape is as inhospitable as it gets: an irregular range of sharp boulders and loose rubble piles strewn among jagged crevasses and deep troughs of dust. But then again, it’s just a guess because no one’s ever actually seen this landscape up close. Now imagine that you need to send a robot across that landscape, from a perch at the lip of a steep crater to the edge of an ice-encrusted hole 1,000 meters away. And imagine that gravity is a tiny fraction of what we have on Earth.

Last modified Fri, 5 Feb, 2016 at 9:51

ME Women's Seminar, Pam Fletcher, GM - Learn To Lead, Lead to Learn

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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. 

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

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Thursday, February 4, 2016. 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Sponsors: 
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 Tue, 2 Feb, 2016 at 11:14

ME Women's Seminar, Melinda Cromie - Learn To Lead, Lead to Learn

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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. 

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

Date/Time: 
Thursday, January 28, 2016. 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Sponsors: 
Sandia National Laboratories, General Motors, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, the Vice Provost of Engineering Education, and the School of Engineering Alumni Relations Program
Admission: 
Free, open to the public

Last modified Thu, 28 Jan, 2016 at 12:56

EXPE 2016 : The Stanford Design EXPErience

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EXPE 2016: The Stanford Design EXPErience9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Location: TBD

Free, open to the public

Date/Time: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sponsors: 
Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Admission: 
Free, open to the public

Last modified Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 at 11:39

Stanford researchers develop microscope that allows first-ever look at live muscle units in action

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The basic process of force-generation in muscle has been known for decades, but until now no one has ever seen it work at a microscopic level in a living human. The new microscope could provide unique insights into treating muscular degenerative diseases.

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Stanford researchers develop microscope for look at live muscle units
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The new microscope could provide unique insights into treating muscular degenerative diseases.

Millions of people each year are diagnosed with diseases that result in the loss of neuromuscular function. One of the complications in treating these people has been an inability to track the progression of disease and provide the best possible therapeutics.

Now, a team of Stanford researchers has developed a microscope that can visualize and measure the force-generating contractions of these patients' individual motor units. This action has been studied for nearly 100 years, but this is the first time it has ever been observed in the muscles of a living human.

Last modified Thu, 17 Dec, 2015 at 10:14

Stanford team develops software to predict and prevent drone collisions

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How do we prevent collisions when thousands of drones are flying in congested areas? A software-enabled system could play the role of an autonomous air traffic manager for unmanned flights.

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Software could predict and prevent drone collisions
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Software-enabled system could predict and prevent drone collisions

Stanford engineers are developing software to predict and prevent collisions of unmanned aircraft, including delivery drones, in congested urban airspace.

When Jeff Bezos unveiled his vision of drones delivering packages to Amazon customers during a 60 Minutes segment in late 2013, it caught many people as science fiction. Scarcely two years later, drones are poised to become a technology for not just delivering packages, but monitoring agriculture, gathering news in urban environments and even conducting search and rescue missions.

Last modified Fri, 11 Dec, 2015 at 13:39

Stanford-led skyscraper-style chip design could boost electronic performance by factor of a thousand

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In modern computer systems, processor and memory chips are laid out like single-story structures in a suburb. But suburban layouts waste time and energy. A new skyscraper-like design, based on materials more advanced than silicon, provides the next computing platform.

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Skyscraper-style chip moves data faster
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New design, based on materials more advanced than silicon, provides the next computing platform

For decades, engineers have designed computer systems with processors and memory chips laid out like single-story structures in a suburb. Wires connect these chips like streets, carrying digital traffic between the processors that compute data and the memory chips that store it.

But suburban-style layouts create long commutes and regular traffic jams in electronic circuits, wasting time and energy.

Last modified Fri, 11 Dec, 2015 at 9:20

Stanford engineers among recipients of Precourt Institute and TomKat Center $2.1 million grants

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Grants will fund groundbreaking energy research

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Stanford Engineers receive Precort, TomKat grants
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Grants will fund groundbreaking energy research

The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford have awarded 12 faculty seed grants totaling $2.1 million for groundbreaking research on clean energy.  Launched in 2010, the seed-grant program funds faculty research with the potential for high impact on energy supply and use. 

Last modified Thu, 3 Dec, 2015 at 13:05

Plasma experiments bring astrophysics down to Earth

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New laboratory technique allows researchers to replicate on a tiny scale the swirling clouds of ionized gases that power the sun, to further our understanding of fusion energy, solar flares and other cosmic phenomena.

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Experiments bring astrophysics down to Earth
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Plasma research furthers our understanding of fusion energy, solar flares

Intense heat, like that found in the sun, can strip gas atoms of their electrons, creating a swirling mass of positively and negatively charged ions known as a plasma.

For several decades, laboratory researchers sought to replicate plasma conditions similar to those found in the sun in order to help them understand the basic physics of ionized matter and, ultimately, harness and control fusion energy on Earth or use it as a means of space propulsion.

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