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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A promising new adhesive material was born out of a scrap. David Christensen, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Stanford, was trimming a piece of adhesive modeled after the grippy fingers of geckos and noticed that the thin scrap seemed particularly grippy. He shared this observation...
Friday, May 22, 2015
Could we create 3D models of the brain so accurate that surgeons could use them to plan operations? Build space probes that hop over the surfaces of low-gravity comets and asteroids? Or develop micro-devices that would train lab-grown muscle cells to patch damaged hearts? These were just three...
Monday, May 4, 2015
Congratulations to Sanjiva Lele’s student, David Dawson, for this recognition of their paper entitled "Large Eddy Simulation of a Three-Dimensional Compression Ramp Shock-Turbulent Boundary Layer Interaction.”David and Sanjiva will be recognized at the upcoming AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum...
Monday, May 4, 2015
Maurizio Chiaramonte, a student of Professor Lew, wins the Melosh Medal.The Robert J. Melosh Medal is curated by Duke University and involves a two-stage review of papers and then on-site lectures by the candidates in front of a panel of experts.  Maurizio is being recognized for his work on the...
Monday, May 4, 2015
Ali Mani has been selected for one of the highly competitive Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Awards this year.  His proposed work, entitled "Understanding Air-Film Breakup under Liquid Impacts Using Direct Numerical Simulations," will build on the trajectory his group is...
Friday, April 10, 2015
Associate Professor Beth Pruitt has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) for work that includes a focus on creating micro-electrical systems (MEMS) to detect the minute forces that cells exert upon one another as they carry out the basic mechanics of life.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Five Stanford Engineering faculty members have received National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) awards for 2015. The CAREER program helps promising junior faculty pursue outstanding research while also improving education.
Monday, March 23, 2015
It has taken more than a million fine samples of aerodynamic force and airflow combined to determine what makes a hummingbird's wings so adept at hovering. The team led by David Lentink, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, believes that the results could have significant...
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Students in Mechanical Engineering 210 spent most of winter quarter learning about mechanics, electronics and computer programming. After time in the classroom, they integrated everything they had learned to design and build a robot for the ultimate final project. This year's competition, held in...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
On morning drives from campus to the Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center, the topic of conversation among rowers is often about how to use fluid dynamics to make the blade of an oar move faster through the water and improve boat speed. It may be surprising to some that 18- to 22-year-olds spend this...

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