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  • Research & Faculty | Engineering
    collaborate on artificial intelligence research Head Impact Sensors Innaccurate Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data Stanford bioengineers find Camera system inspired by swans Camera suspension system could allow drones to produce crisper images Microscopic Rake Doubles Efficiency of Low cost Solar Cells Solar cells made with the tiny rake double the efficiency of cells made without it Research Faculty Home Research Faculty We believe that the most promising opportunities for discovery exist at the intersections of disciplines and that the technologies of the next century will grow out of multidisciplinary partnerships Similarly the leaders of tomorrow must be able to bridge multiple interests To guide our own growth the dean has identified five major areas for long term investment Bioengineering A fusion of engineering and the life sciences promises new discoveries technologies and therapies to improve human health and the environment Environment Energy Meeting the needs of a growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way is a major challenge of the 21st century Information Technology Hardware software and communications are the pillars of information technology Continuing research in these fields ranges from basic science through materials and devices to systems and applications Nanoscience Nanotechnology Advancing the science and technology of very small structures holds vast opportunities for research and application development Educating Leaders Great minds have deep expertise but also the intellectual breadth to appreciate context develop opportunities and manage resources to address important societal needs Printer friendly version Research Faculty Browse Faculty Labs Centers Departments Faculty Honors Awards For Media Download the Faculty Research Guide Engineering News How the shape and structure of nanoparticles affects energy storage A team of engineers obtain a first look inside phase changing nanoparticles and find that their Read More A one of a kind wind tunnel

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  • Applying to Stanford Engineering | Engineering
    for information on procedures and requirements Financial aid for all undergraduate students is based on need All engineering majors require a substantial amount of math and science so don t put off taking these courses The Engineering Fundamentals are a collection of courses that offer a good way to learn about particular engineering fields There are also many introductory seminars to help students get a feel for hands on engineering problems See the Undergradaute FAQ and the Undergraduate Handbook for more information Graduates Apply to Your Department All nine engineering departments and the Institute for Computational Mathematical Engineering ICME offer graduate degree programs Students interested in graduate study in the School of Engineering apply directly to a particular department or program Many of the admission requirements are common to all departments but specific requirements deadlines and contacts vary Please visit graduate admissions for further information Prospective graduate students are evaluated and admitted by each program The most important criterion for admission to a Stanford Engineering graduate program is merit superior academic achievement and the potential to make a contribution to technology business or society as a whole Financial Aid Graduate financial aid is based entirely on merit Fellowships and other forms of assistance are included in the department s offer of admission and no separate application is required or accepted The School of Engineering currently supports more than 180 engineering graduate financial aid funds and 65 70 engineering students receive the University s Stanford Graduate Fellowships each year Co Terminal Program Admission At Stanford undergraduate students can apply to study for a master s degree and complete their bachelor s degree in parallel Undergraduates apply directly to a Master s department for coterm admission Before that interested students can review the School of Engineering coterm information including some survey results from recent coterms and talk to faculty and staff about their options International Students Stanford s School of Engineering prides itself on the diversity of its programs and its people International students add to the intellectual rigor of the school and bring cultural diversity to its student life These students are not only a robust source of talent in the Silicon Valley and the United States as a whole but have the opportunity to fill leadership roles in their home countries as well International students earn approximately 40 percent of graduate degrees and 10 percent of undergraduate degrees conferred in the School of Engineering each year In the most recent academic year our graduates came from more than 70 countries The application process is the same for all applicants regardless of citiizenship or country of residence Several School of Engineering Graduate Student Fellowships focus on international students These are awarded each year as part of the departments admission process no separate application is required or accepted International students are considered for all graduate financial aid fellowships research and teaching assistantships on the basis of merit Some of our most successful international graduates have chosen to fund fellowships that offer others

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  • Education | Engineering
    proximity to Silicon Valley means a chance to learn from industry leaders and entrepreneurs Our Approach We think of engineers as people who take discoveries from the sciences and use them to solve problems that change the world Stanford Engineering aims to educate engineers who are also leaders who understand the science of their solutions of course but who also understand the people issues and systems they hope to affect Stanford Engineering students gain an unrivaled education in the fundamentals of their chosen engineering disciplines as well a rich education in the liberal arts The school also provides numerous formal and informal opportunities for students to gain entrepreneurial experience Stanford faculty and graduates have a long tradition of contributing technologies that have created new industries new forms of communication and new ways of looking at the world The School The School of Engineering was founded in 1925 but engineering has been integral to Stanford education and research since the university was created in 1891 One third of the university s original faculty members and 40 percent of its students were associated with engineering Today engineering accounts for nearly 40 percent of all Stanford graduate students and 20 percent of undergraduates The school has grown to nine departments and offers numerous interdisciplinary research and degree programs Departmental boundaries are kept low research teams routinely cross them and faculty members often hold joint departmental appointments The school also pursues partnerships within the university that enhance our academics and expand the opportunities available to students Departments Aeronautics and Astronautics Bioengineering Chemical Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Management Science and Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering See a complete list of undergraduate engineering degree programs or graduate engineering degree programs offered by Stanford Research Opportunities for Students Stanford Engineering

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  • Collaborations | Engineering
    to support the broad interests of our affiliates Industry Collaborations Help advance research in areas of interest to your company and recruit top talent Support a faculty member or student sponsor research join an affiliate program and more Find out about the many ways companies affiliate with Stanford Engineering Foundation Collaborations Leverage our people and knowledge to help make the world a better place Our transformative research proven success working across disciplines and world class faculty and students are some of the reasons foundations collaborate with us Recent examples of how foundations have invested shared visions with Stanford Engineering include The Coulter Foundation Coulter Foundation and Stanford Establish 20 Million Endowment for Bioengineering Projects Helen Gurley Brown s Pussycat Foundation Stanford Engineering and Columbia Journalism School establish a bi coastal institute for media innovation Government Collaborations Work with us to advance basic and applied research that benefits society Stanford Engineering has a long history of working with government on projects ranging from laying the foundation for data traffic on the Internet to developing autonomous cars to driving down the cost of solar energy Recent examples include U S Department of Energy 20 Million Grant Helps Tackle the Challenges of Hypersonic Flight National Science Foundation Stanford three other universities to reinvent urban water infrastructure Thought Leader Alumni Collaborations Make an impact on the future When you can and want to make a huge difference we make a great affiliate Teach a course mentor a student share your expertise recruit students volunteer Bring together the brightest people provide a creative atmosphere and top notch infrastructure and who knows what will happen Some examples Jen Hsun Huang Engineering Center Jen Hsun Huang MS 92 Electrical Engineering and his wife Lori played an essential role in creating the vibrant new home for the School

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  • What does the great engineering school of the future look like? | Engineering
    and the liberal arts Then we took that idea one step further Majumdar says We need a way to reach outside Stanford perhaps outside of academia to bring the brightest minds together in teams to focus on the toughest challenges To accomplish this Stanford Engineering will create the Accelerator for Collaborative Engineering The Accelerator will provide new resources for interdisciplinary research It will help bring together through a competitive fellowships program teams of faculty graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds from Stanford and beyond to work together to find solutions to some of the world s most urgent challenges We call it Interdisciplinary 2 0 Drell says Committee co chair Jennifer Widom the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering sees the Accelerator as a bold way to address the SoE Future 10 questions and help fulfill the school s overarching mission If you want to sum up our committee s work in two words they would be enabling impact she says noting that finding new sources of energy and water and dealing with rapid urbanization in developing countries are areas where policy is very important and engineers are not necessarily well versed As a result she says it is critical to bring in non engineers who have the kind of expertise that will be required to find solutions to these complex multifaceted challenges Another strong tenet of SoE Future is how to best educate the next generation of students Committee member Philip Levis an associate professor of computer science and of electrical engineering says his most memorable moment of the SoE Future process was sharing teaching experiences during a group retreat As we went around the room each of us talking about how education has changed we realized that it wasn t just in our disciplines Levis says Things are shifting across the entire school And there s a common theme with these changes Students want to make things Stanford Engineering will address that challenge by finding ways to create maker spaces throughout the school similar to those already in place at its Product Realization Lab It is also rethinking the engineering core curriculum in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Humanities and Sciences SoE Future also encouraged the School of Engineering to renew its commitment toward increasing both faculty and student diversity with a focus on diversifying the pipeline of students into the field In the engineering core and in partnership with the physics math and chemistry departments and the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering the school is investing in programs to ensure that any student who comes to Stanford who wants to major in a STEM field but might not have had access to the prerequisite classes in high school can still accomplish that In addition the school will expand a program that provides financial aid for students who want to begin a graduate degree while completing their undergraduate requirements through Stanford s co term program Creating

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  • A super stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle | Engineering
    they have shortcomings compared to a real bicep Bao said Small holes or defects in the materials currently used to make artificial muscle can rob them of their resilience Nor are they able to self repair if punctured or scratched But this new material in addition to being extraordinarily stretchy has remarkable self healing characteristics Damaged polymers typically require a solvent or heat treatment to restore their properties but the new material showed a remarkable ability to heal itself at room temperature even if the damaged pieces are aged for days Indeed researchers found that it could self repair at temperatures as low as negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit 20 C or about as cold as a commercial walk in freezer The team attributes the extreme stretching and self healing ability of their new material to some critical improvements to a type of chemical bonding process known as crosslinking This process which involves connecting linear chains of linked molecules in a sort of fishnet pattern has previously yielded a tenfold stretch in polymers First they designed special organic molecules to attach to the short polymer strands in their crosslink to create a series of structure called ligands These ligands joined together to form longer polymer chains spring like coils with inherent stretchiness Then they added to the material metal ions which have a chemical affinity for the ligands When this combined material is strained the knots loosen and allow the ligands to separate But when relaxed the affinity between the metal ions and the ligands pulls the fishnet taut The result is a strong stretchable and self repairing elastomer Basically the polymers become linked together like a big net through the metal ions and the ligands Bao explained Each metal ion binds to at least two ligands so if one ligand breaks away on one side the metal ion may still be connected to a ligand on the other side And when the stress is released the ion can readily reconnect with another ligand if it is close enough Advancing artificial muscle and skin The team found that they could tune the polymer to be stretchier or heal faster by varying the amount or type of metal ion included The version that exceeded the measuring machine s limits for example was created by decreasing the ratio of iron atoms to the polymers and organic molecules in the material The researchers also showed that this new polymer with the metal additives would twitch in response to an electric field They have to do more work to increase the degree to which the material expands and contracts and control it more precisely But this observation opens the door to promising applications View video In addition to its long term potential for use as artificial muscle this research dovetails with Bao s efforts to create artificial skin that might be used to restore some sensory capabilities to people with prosthetic limbs In previous studies her team has created flexible but fragile polymers studded with

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  • ​Can computer science help light up the world with knowledge? | Engineering
    order to translate the article for local Wikipedia readers Thus the system would first identify an editor in Madagascar who is interested in climatology and literate in Malagasy and French and then recommend the editor work on an article about El Niño which is absent from the Malagasy Wikipedia This way the editor can create an article for people on this island country explaining how El Niño may influence rainfall which in turn affects agriculture and flooding As university researchers we look for projects with real world impact said Jure Leskovec an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford What could have more impact than democratizing access to knowledge Wikimedia Foundation research scientists Ellery Wulczyn and Leila Zia and Stanford graduate student Robert West rounded out the team of collaborators who will report on their efforts this week at the International World Wide Web Conference in Montreal Wikipedia has huge amounts of data about articles in different languages and the relationships between them said West a doctoral candidate in computer science Our goal was to use that data to design a system to encourage editors to create the most important missing articles The researchers began by creating lists of every article in each language and then cross referencing these lists to determine which articles were missing in which languages The researchers then estimated the importance of each missing article based on cultural and geographic relevance The idea was to rank the value of creating any given article missing in that language relative to all the other missing articles We had to create a system of rankings that would be meaningful to editors in different cultural and linguistic communities because Wikipedia is shaped by the editors choices Zia said The researchers hypothesized that a system that accurately predicted the popularity of missing articles would appeal to editors by suggesting where their voluntary efforts would deliver the most value to their linguistic communities and presumably afford them the greatest personal satisfaction To test this premise the researchers designed a complex experiment They began with the 4 9 million articles that then existed in English Wikipedia and found those that were missing relative to the 1 6 million articles in French Wikipedia The researchers chose the 300 000 most important English articles missing from French Wikipedia These articles were randomly divided into three groups of 100 000 articles each and distributed to selected editors The crux of the experiment involved two groups of 6 000 editors who had done at least one edit in both English and French Wikipedias in the 12 months before the experiment On June 25 2015 each of these editors received emails pointing them to five unique missing articles and a suggestion that it would be a community service if they translated one from English into French In one group the five choices were assigned at random from the master list of important articles missing from French Wikipedia For the second group the five choices were also drawn from

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    Stanford School of Engineering Visit engineering stanford edu for the latest news and events from Stanford Engineering

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