Mechanical Engineering

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

Stanford mechanical engineer Sheri Sheppard named U.S. Professor of the Year

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Sheppard receives a national honor for her innovative approach to teaching undergraduate students in a hands-on, problem-solving way that transforms large classes into small group-learning laboratories.

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Sheri Sheppard Is Professor of the Year
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Mechanical Engineer Sheri Sheppard honored for hands-on, problem solving approach to teaching.

Sheri Sheppard, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, today was named U.S. Professor of the Year for doctoral and research universities.

The U.S. Professor of the Year awards are sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Last modified Thu, 20 Nov, 2014 at 9:59

Perfect Pitch!

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What’s the NEXT BIG THING?

Come see for yourself!

Join us for Perfect Pitch, the project presentations for ME202 Mechaphonics! Student teams will pitch their smart-phone enabled mechatronic devices to a panel of judges from the heart of Silicon Valley’s start-up world: venture capitalists, incubator founders, entrepreneurs and executives from companies in related fields. These phone-controlled prototypes may become game-changers in home automation, infrastructure monitoring, shopping, medical devices and more.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Atrium, Peterson Building 550
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Product Realization Lab
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noras4@stanford.edu; 650-725-9044
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Free

Last modified Mon, 17 Nov, 2014 at 9:54

Two Stanford Engineering professors elected fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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Mark Cutkosky has been recognized for achievements in robotics, and Thomas Kenny has been honored for achievements in microelectromechanical systems.

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Cutkosky, Kenny ASME Fellows
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Stanford Engineering Professors Elected Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mark Cutkosky and Thomas Kenny, both professors of mechanical engineering at Stanford, have been named fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in recognition of their significant contributions to the field. Cutkosky, who holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in the School of Engineering, was cited for noteworthy advances in robotics and mechanical design.

Last modified Wed, 26 Nov, 2014 at 8:46

Engineering students program smartphones to control quadcopters

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In mechanical engineering course ME 202, Stanford students learn how to turn open-source smartphone operating systems into powerful control of mechatronic devices.

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Stanford engineering students master mechaphonics by building quadcopters.

Caitlin Clancy gave her quadcopter one final inspection and backed away slowly. She had spent the past week designing and building the copter, mostly from scratch, and now, the moment of truth.

She pulled up the flight controls on her Android phone, and the rotors started whirring. Seconds later, the copter shot 30 yards across the d.school atrium, flipped midair and flew into a balcony before crashing to the floor.

Clancy, a second-year master's student in mechanical engineering, took the disastrous flight in stride. In fact, she almost seemed happy.

Last modified Thu, 6 Nov, 2014 at 12:27