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Labs and Centers

Advanced Energy Systems Lab

Advanced Laser Diagnostics and Shock Tube Lab

Advanced Propulsion Lab

Alex Tung Memorial Assistive Technology Laboratory at Stanford

  • Drew Nelson with Dave Jaffe (Design)
    The lab houses the research of Drew Nelson and students plus the teaching of ME348 and  ENGR110/210. Located in Building 550, Room 134

Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC)


Bio-inspired Research and Design (BIRD) Lab / Lentinklab

  • David Lentink (Design)
    The lab's mission is to improve our understanding of how birds fly, to develop better flying robots.

Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory (BDML)

  • Mark Cutkosky (Design)
    Modeling and control of dextrous manipulation with robotic and teleoperated hands; force and tactile feedback in telemanipulation and virtual environments. Located at Building 02-660 Rm 132.

BioMotion Research Laboratory

  • Tom Andriacchi (Mechanics and Computation)
    A unique multidisciplinary facility focused on osteoarthritis and the mechanics of sports injury through studies that examine the interactions between the biomechanics of movement, joint structure, cell biology and clinical medicine.

Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)

  • Chris Gerdes (Design)
    CARS' mission is to discover, build and deploy the critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers.

Center for Design Research (CDR)

  • Larry Leifer (Design)
    A community of scholars focused on understanding and augmenting engineering design innovation and design education.

Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) 


Chaudhuri Lab for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab (CHARM Lab)

  • Allison Okamura (Design)
    Developing principles and tools to realize advanced robotic and human-machine systems capable of haptic (touch) interaction.

Computational Biomechanics Laboratory

d'Arbeloff Undergraduate Research and Teaching Lab

  • Bldg 520, Room 145
    In this unique facility, the ME Department holds undergraduate project-based classes, and offers our students the opportunity to build and collaborate.

Design Observatory (DO)

  • Larry Leifer (Design)
    A research environment for studying engineering design activity by observing, analyzing and intervening into it.

Designing Education Lab (DEL)

  • Sheri Sheppard (Design)
    Investigating a broad range of engineering education topics, from the persistence of students and alumni in engineering fields to the impact of exposure to entrepreneurship on engineering students' career interests.

Dynamic Design Lab (DDL)

  • Chris Gerdes (Design)
    Vehicle dynamics, design of x-by-wire systems, driver assistance systems and control of homogeneous charge compression ignition engines. The primary lab space is located in the Mechanical Engineering Research Lab (MERL), Room 130.

Design Research Laboratory

  • Larry Leifer (Design)
    The Design Research Laboratory provides for the investigation of the design process by observing teams of designers in situ.

Engine Research Lab

Heat Transfer and Turbulence Mechanics Lab (HTTM)

  • The HTTM houses seven atmospheric pressure wind tunnels and two water channels, of various configurations, for research on turbulant flow and heat transfer.

Heterogeneous Combustion Lab

High Temperature Gasdynamics Lab (HTGL)

  • The HTGL houses research on high temperature, high speed and reacting flows. The lab includes several shock tubes for study of both high-speed flows and reaction kinetics, a supersonic combustion wind tunnel, a large plasma torch, several high-vacuum chambers, a research furnace, several smaller combustion facilities and extensive laser-diagnostics capabilities.

Internal Combustion Engine Lab

Innovation Acceleration Lab

  • Larry Leifer (Design)
    The Innovation Acceleration Lab is part of the Center for Design Research . The lab aims to develop feedback methods and technology to accelerate the effectiveness of engineering product innovation teams. Researchers at the Innovation Acceleration Lab use video interaction analysis and visual representations to measure, analyze and give process feedback to engineering product innovation teams. This is located within CDR, Bldg 560.

The Loft

  • A unique facility that represents the culture of innovation at Stanford, the Loft is the workspace for Stanford Design Program students

The ME310 Design Team Development Loft

  • Larry Leifer (Design)
    Globally distributed product development teams working on corporate partner projects are assigned a desktop design station with internet video studio support

Mechanical Testing Lab

Microfluidics Lab

Micro Structures and Sensors Lab 

  • Tom Kenny (Design)
    Leveraging silicon microfabrication techniques to create micro-devices that include ultra-stable timing references and high-performance sensors

Microscale Thermal and Mechanical Characterization Lab (MTMC)

The Thermosciences Group and the Design Group share the Microscale Thermal and Mechanical Characterization laboratory (MTMC). MTMC is dedicated to the measurement of thermal and mechanical properties in thin-film systems, including microfabricated sensors and actuators and integrated circuits, and features a nanosecond scanning laser thermometry facility, a laser interferometer, a near-field optical microscope, and an atomic force microscope.

NanoEnergy Lab

  • Hai Wang (Thermosciences)
    Theories and applications of nanoparticles and nanostructures for rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, combustion simulations and nanocatalysis. 

NanoHeat Lab

  • Ken Goodson (Thermosciences)
    Studying heat transfer in electronic nanostructures & packaging, microfluidic heats sincs, and thermoelectric & photonic energy conversion devices

Nanomaterials Synthesis Lab

  • Xiaolin Zheng (HTGL)
    Interfacial science among combustion, nanomaterials and energy conversion

Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory (NPL)

  • Fritz Prinz (Design)
    Creates, models, and prototypes nanoscale structures to understand the physics of electrical energy conversion and storage

NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

  • Scott Delp (BME)
    Combining experimental and computational approaches to study movement

OtoBiomechanics Group at Stanford

Plasma Physics Lab

Product Realization Laboratory (PRL) 

  • David Beach (Design)
    A multi-site teaching facility with roots in ME and deep synergies with the Stanford Design Program and the, where Stanford students design and create objects of lasting value. Located in Building 550, Room 102.

Reiner H. Dauskardt Research Group

Shock Tube Lab

  • The Schock Tube Lab conducts advanced research in fuel efficiency and related areas.

Smart Product Design Laboratory (SPDL)

  • Tom Kenny with Ed Carryer (Design)
    Supports microprocessor application projects for ME218ABCD.

Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)

  • Marc Levenston (BME)
    Tissue biomechanics, mechanobiology and tissue engineering focused on musculoskeletal soft tissues

Spray Combustion Lab


Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory

Stanford Micro Structures and Sensors Lab (SMSSL)

  • Tom Kenny (Design)
    Developing and fabricating novel mechanical stuctures and researching non-classical phenomena exhibited by micro-structures

Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

Stanford Microsystems Laboratory

Stanford Plasma Physics Laboratory

Tang Lab for Microfluidics, Soft Matter and Bioengineering

Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Engineering (UQLAB)

Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)

  • Chris Gerdes (Design)
    A state-of-the-art vehicle research facility where interdisciplinary teams work on projects that keep vehicle technology moving forward

Xiaolin Zheng Research Group