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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aeronautics & Astronautics

Computational-Based Design

During the last two decades, giant strides have been achieved in many aspects of computational aerospace engineering. Higher-fidelity mathematical models, better approximation methods, and faster solution algorithms have been developed for aerodynamic, structural, aeroacoustic, aeroelastic, aerothermal, and control applications, among others. Computing speed barriers have been shattered by hardware manufacturers and parallel cluster computing has become ubiquitous. As a result, numerical simulation has increasingly complemented, and in some cases replaced, physical tests to enhance the reliability of engineering designs, improve the productivity of engineers, reduce design-cycle time, and enhance system performance.

The Department has a strong presence in computational aerospace engineering and an innovative research program in Computational-Based Design. This program, which is carried out primarily in the Aerospace Computing Laboratory , the Aerospace Design Lab, and the FRG, focuses on multidisciplinary frameworks that can link different physics pertaining to aeronautics and astronautics, multiscale computational approaches that can deal with large ranges of time and spatial scales, high-fidelity computational schemes that can enable predictive simulations, optimization algorithms that can handle complex integrated systems, and model-reduction methods that can integrate computation with design.


Bioengineers are focused on advancing human health and promoting environmental sustainability, two of the greatest challenges for our world. Understanding complex living systems is at the heart of meeting these challenges.

The mission of Stanford's Department of Bioengineering is to create a fusion of engineering and the life sciences that promotes scientific discovery and the development of new biomedical technologies and therapies through research and education.

The Department of Bioengineering is jointly supported by the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. It includes, in a single department, research and teaching programs that embrace biology as a new engineering paradigm and apply engineering principles to medical problems and biological systems.

Bioengineering faculty, staff, and students are inventing the future of biomedicine.

Chemical Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford. Our primary mission is to educate Ph.D. students and to create fundamental knowledge and pioneering technologies in the chemical sciences and engineering. We also affirm our commitment to a vital undergraduate program and acknowledge the importance of teaching both in the classroom and in the laboratory. To further our pursuit of excellence, we seek to foster an intellectually vibrant, collegial atmosphere with a keen appreciation for the values of diversity among our students, staff and faculty, and breadth in our research endeavors.

A large number of industries depend on the synthesis and processing of chemicals and materials. In addition to traditional examples such as the chemical and energy industries, there are increasing opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronic device fabrication and materials, and environmental engineering. Chemical engineering is essential in these and other fields whenever processes involve the chemical or physical transformation of matter.

Civil Engineering

Defining the Future of CEE

Many people look at Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and see separate disciplines. At Stanford, we see links and interdependencies through which some of the most difficult and urgent problems facing mankind may be solved.
Disciplinary Synergy

We categorize CEE into three main areas: the Built Environment, Atmosphere and Energy, and the Water Environment. Exploring the relationships between these categories informs the direction of our curriculum. Some of the intersections are depicted in the diagram on this page; others will emerge as we continue down this path.
Educating Leaders

The Civil and Environmental Engineering department is committed to finding solutions to our major sustainability challenges this century, and to educating and training the leaders who will have a large impact on our profession and on society. Join us in this important endeavor.

Research Statement:
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is comprised of seven programs: Construction Engineering and Management, Structural Engineering and Geomechanics, Environmental Engineering and Science, Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, Atmosphere and Energy, Design and Construction Integration, and Architectural Design. The department also offers a degree specialization in Design-Construction Integration.

Computer Science

Strong research exists in the areas of systems, software, networking, databases, security, graphics, foundations of computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, and scientific computing. In addition to basic research, interdisciplinary work on applications that stimulate basic research has been undertaken in fields of genetics, biology, linguistics, physics, medicine, and various branches of engineering.

Founded in 1965, the Stanford Computer Science (CS) Department continues to lead the world in computer science research and education. Throughout the past four decades, the Stanford CS Department has influenced society at levels that remain without parallel among academic institutions. Its spin-offs are among the most successful corporate ventures in the world, and many of the leaders in the academic and corporate research world are graduates of the Stanford CS Department.

Electrical Engineering

The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to offer an EE undergraduate program that augments the liberal education expected of all Stanford undergraduates and imparts a basic understanding of electrical engineering built on a foundation of physical science, mathematics, computing, and technology.

Graduates of the undergraduate program are expected to possess knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical engineering and of at least one specialty area. The graduates are expected to have the basic experimental, design, and communication skills to be prepared for continued study at the graduate level or for entry level positions that require a basic knowledge of electrical engineering, science, and technology.

Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)

We develop innovative computational and mathematical approaches for complex engineering and scientific problems. We attract talented PhD students from across the globe. They are advised in research by 50 faculty from 20 departments, covering a wide variety of fields including statistics and data science, control, optimization, numerical analysis, machine learning/ deep learning, applied mathematics, high-performance computing, earth sciences, flow physics, graphics, bioengineering, genomics, economics and financial mathematics, molecular dynamics, and many more. PhD graduates find outstanding positions in industry, at national laboratories, as well as in academia.

Management Science & Engineering

The MS&E Department provides education and research opportunities associated with the development of knowledge, tools, and methods required to make decisions and to shape policies, to configure organizational structures, to design engineering systems, and to solve problems associated with the information-intensive technology based economy.

To provide exceptionally strong programs of education and research, MS&E integrates three basic strengths: (1) substantial depth in conceptual and analytical foundations, (2) comprehensive coverage of functional areas of application, and (3) vigorous interaction with other Stanford departments, with Silicon Valley industry, with the State and Federal governments, and with many organizations and corporations throughout the world. The department's analytical and conceptual foundations include optimization, dynamic systems, stochastic systems, economics, organizational science, and decision and risk analysis. These foundations support a wide variety of teaching and research groups.

We help students prepare for a variety of professional careers in business, government, non-profit institutions, and universities. Our graduates have achieved tremendous success in entrepreneurship, academia, industry, public policy analysis, consulting, management, and financial analysis.

Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is concerned with the relation between processing, structure, and properties of materials, with the goal of developing new materials and processes through fundamental understanding. It brings together in a unified discipline materials-related developments in physical metallurgy, polymer science, ceramics, biology and the physics and chemistry of solids.

Mechanical Engineering

The programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are designed to provide background for a variety of careers. The discipline is very broad, but is generally understood to include energy and thermal sciences; propulsion; solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and biomechanics; design and manufacturing; sensing, control and robotics; and computational and simulation-based engineering.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Aero Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

For basic studies of fluid flows and combustion, facilities include a low-speed wind tunnel, a high-pressure shock tube, and a small hybrid rocket motor. Instrumentation includes optics and electronics for velocity- and laser- induced fluorescence measurements and local workstations for data analysis. Current research involves the study of combustion at a liquid-gas interface.

Aerospace Design Laboratory (ADL)

The Aerospace Computing Lab (ACL) focuses on the development and application of numerical techniques in the design of aerospace products.

The basis of these numerical techniques lies in the application of multigrid methods pioneered by Professor Jameson in the past decades. These methods are being used to solve mathematical models of fluid flow ranging from the linearized potential flow equations to the fully non-linear unsteady Navier-Stokes equations. The computational efficiency of these techniques has made them the de facto standard in the aerospace industry. These codes have been used to analyze and design vehicles ranging from sailboats to commercial airliners.

Aerospace Robotics Laboratory (ARL)

ARL creates experimental facilities for developing very advanced human/robot systems, with the human at the discovery and strategic command level and the (physical) robotic system doing real-time planning and execution of the strategy. Each PhD candidate conceives and builds a new total system for carrying out an object-motion mission: versatile industrial automation, free-flying space robots, free-swimming underwater robots, autonomous purely-GPS-controlled helicopters, or very flexible multi-link space arms. Each new idea is carried through to full experimental proof of concept. Air-cushion-floating two-cooperating-arm free flyers perform (in 2D) exactly as they would in space. High precision and speed of large, very flexible manipulators are achieved via quick minis at their end points. They can handle payload spacecraft having unknown dynamics. The free flyers are controlled also by GPS (alone!), both indoors and out; and they now do formation flying, as will future helicopters. New research will develop control of autonomous planetary rovers using local GPS pseudo-satellites. ARL's deep underwater work is done in close cooperation with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Aircraft Aerodynamics and Design Group (AADG)

The Aircraft Aerodynamics and Design Group is involved with research in applied aerodynamics and aircraft design. The work ranges from the development of computational and experimental methods for aerodynamic analysis to studies of unconventional aircraft concepts and new architectures for multidisciplinary design optimization.

Alex Tung Memorial Assistive Technology Laboratory at Stanford

The lab houses the research of Drew Nelson and students plus the teaching of ME348 and ENGR110/210.

Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC)

Led by Stanford University and in partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University at Las Cruces, and Morgan State University, the Army High Performance Computing Research Center focuses on advancing the state of the art of Computational-Based Engineering Sciences and High Performance Computing, and providing maximum support and impact on the Army’s Transformation for the 21st century. The Center’s research program focuses on fundamental problems associated with multi-scale and multi-physics modeling, scalable numerical algorithms, computer architecture, parallel programming tools, and the education of the next generation of scientists and engineers in these areas. Current applications include Under Body Blasts, Blood Transfusion on the Battlefield and Inhalation of Toxic Agents in the Lungs, Nano-Electromechanical Devices, Scalable Computational Geometry, and Exascale Computing.

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL)

Led by Associate Professor Fei-Fei Li, the new SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research will focus on teaching computers to see and make critical decisions about how to interact with the world. At the outset, research will address intelligent robotics and autonomous cars.

Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL)

The Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) develops methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on large-scale robotic networks and autonomous aerospace vehicles. The lab combines expertise from control theory, robotics, optimization, and operations research to develop the theoretical foundations for networked autonomous systems operating in uncertain, rapidly-changing, and potentially adversarial environments.

Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium (BAPVC)

BAPVC conducts industry‐relevant research and development that will impact high‐volume PV manufacturing, produce a highly trained workforce, and speed up commercialization of cutting‐edge PV technologies. BAPVC will develop and test innovative new materials, device structures, and fabrication processes necessary to produce cost‐effective PV modules in high volumes. The research will advance technologies that bring down manufacturing costs and improve device performance characteristics to facilitate the manufacturing of solar cell modules with a price less than $0.50 per watt, thereby enabling an installed system price of $1 per watt.


Bio-X is Stanford's pioneering interdisciplinary biosciences institute, bringing together biomedical and life science researchers, clinicians, engineers, physicists, and computational scientists to unlock the secrets of the human body.


In 2000, we founded Stanford Biodesign to create an ecosystem of training and support for Stanford University students, fellows, and faculty with the talent and ambition to become health technology innovators. Our goal was (and continues to be) looking beyond research and discovery to provide the knowledge, skills, mentoring, and networking required to deliver meaningful and valuable innovations to patients everywhere.

Biomotion Research Group (BRG)

Researchers in this group study normal and pathological function which can ultimately be applied to the improved evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and injury. The goals are addressed by studying normal subjects and patients with injury or disease that influence the function of the musculoskeletal system. In addition, the biomotion group is committed to the development of improved methods for the measurement and analysis of human movement. The biomotion laboratory is an important component in the overall biomechanics research within the mechanical engineering department.

BioMotion Research Laboratory

The BioMotion Laboratory takes a unique multidisciplinary approach to studying osteoarthritis, the pathways to osteoarthritis, and the mechanics of sports injury through studies that examine the interaction of cell biology and biomechanics of movement. Current projects include imaging studies of knee cartilage, aging and the initiation of osteoarthritis, the mechanics of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury/treatment and meniscal tears and repairs. The BioMotion Laboratory conducts translational research to develop interventions for the prevention of ACL injury and osteoarthritis at the knee. The BioMotion Laboratory is also recognized as a leader in the development of new methods for the capture of human movement.

Blume Center: Earthquake Engineering Affiliates

The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center is devoted to the advancement of research, education, and practice in the field of earthquake engineering. Affiliates are invited to visit the Blume Center and participate in various activities. They have facilitated access to the Blume Center's faculty and staff and are encouraged to discuss with them critical issues of mutual concern. Affiliates provide a very valuable perspective to the research and development conducted at the Blume Center, and their participation in these activities is essential to the program's goals. Affiliates also receive copies of publications and other material that is available from the Blume Center. Corporations, consulting firms, and individual professionals can become members of the Blume Center Professional Affiliate Program by contributing financially.

Brains in Silicon

Alternative hardware solutions are being explored to satisfy brain simulations' voracious appetite for computational resources. In these simulations, the computer evaluates mathematical formulae that describe the behavior of ion-channels, pore-forming protein molecules that stud a neuron's membrane. In this way, researchers codify their hypotheses about how the cognitive behavior they are studying arises from the brain's physiology (a neuronal type's ion-channel repertoire) and anatomy (a neural network's synaptic organization). The number of evaluations explodes when the model is scaled up to replicate organism-level behavior. Consequently, researchers cannot link cognitive behavior to well-understood cellular-level processes.

Brown Institute for Media Innovation

"Established in 2012, the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute is a collaboration between Columbia University and Stanford University, designed to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation. At Stanford, the primary focus is on media technology, and the Institute is anchored in the School of Engineering. At Columbia, the primary focus is on content, and the Institute is anchored in the Graduate School of Journalism.

To achieve its goals, the Brown Institute operates as an academic venture forum. Once per year, we invite the Columbia and Stanford communities to submit proposals for Magic Grants. We look for ideas that are original and have the potential to bring true innovation in the media world. Typically, a Magic Grant supports a small team of graduate or postgraduate students who are expected to demonstrate the relevance and viability of their ideas by implementing a prototype or creating an innovative media product. Successful projects might continue as business ventures outside the universities.

The Institute also awards fellowships; Brown Fellows are postgraduate or graduate students who support the Institute together with their peers and the directors, while working towards engineering prototypes, creating innovative media products, or carrying out related research. Brown Fellows are appointed annually for the academic year; their terms can be renewed."

Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (CAMP)

CAMP, the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics at Stanford University, is a research center led by Profs. Michael McGehee and Reiner Dauskardt with the goal of revolutionizing the global energy landscape by developing the science and technology for stable, efficient molecular photovoltaic cells that can compete with fossil fuels in cost per kilowatt-hour produced. While today’s best molecular solar cells have efficiencies up to 8.5% and last approximately 2 years in sunlight, our vision is to increase the efficiency to at least 15%, and make the cells stable for 10 years or more. Furthermore, developing manufacturing technologies and production of cells at very low-cost is also a high priority.

To achieve these goals, CAMP has a renowned team of 15 principal investigators (PIs) from Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, Georgia Tech and EPFL (see second page for a brief team description). The Center Director is Prof. Michael McGehee (Stanford). The management team further consists of Deputy Director Prof. Reiner Dauskardt (Stanford), Prof. Mark Thompson (USC), Prof. Michael Grätzel (EPFL), and Prof. Jean-Luc Brédas (Georgia Tech). An estimated 60 or more students and post-doctoral researchers are engaged in the research activities at CAMP. CAMP is funded starting in June 2008 by a 5-year $25M grant from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Global Research Partnership program.

CAMP's activities span polymer, small molecular and dye-sensitized molecular solar cells with research activities in molecular design through advanced quantum mechanical calculations, molecular synthesis, nanostructure engineering and characterization, understanding and engineering carrier recombination, light management, transparent contacts, and the engineering of durable molecular solar cells.

Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)

CARS is the interdisciplinary automotive affiliates program at Stanford University. The vision of CARS is to create a community of faculty and students from a range of disciplines at Stanford with leading industry researchers to radically re-envision the automobile for unprecedented levels of safety, performance, sustainability, and enjoyment. Our 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)

CDR's mission is to support engineering design. Field studies of professional product development teams and laboratory studies of advanced graduate student teams lead to innovations in design process management and supporting collaboration technology. New design and prototyping tools are applied to problems in bio-inspired robotics, human-computer interaction and dynamic vehicle systems. Based on observations, insights, behavior models and professional design experience, PhD candidates develop design process instrumentation, metrics, and theoretic frameworks to improve performance. Theory and methods are developed incrementally through iterative interaction analysis. Product-Based-Learning curricula like ME310 Team-Based Product Design Development with Corporate Partners, serve as simulation environments for real-world product innovation. Approximately 30 PhD students are associated with CDR at any given time.

Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE)

CIFE is a collaborative research effort between the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford, and practitioners who are leaders as facility owners and managers, architects, engineers, builders, software firms, and construction information providers. In partnership with its industrial members, the mission of CIFE is to be the world's premier academic research center for Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for capital facility projects. VDC is the use of multi-disciplinary performance models of design-construction projects, including the Product (i.e., facilities), Work Processes, and Organization of the design-construction-operation team to support business objectives.

Center for Integrated Systems (CIS)

CIS is a partnership between Stanford University and member industrial firms to produce world-class research and PhD graduates in fields related to integrated systems. CIS areas of interest include hardware and software at all levels of structure in highly integrated computer and network systems, and also semiconductor, electronics, and computer systems within the context of real-world applications. CIS research, PhD fellowships, and knowledge-exchange programs draw on the unique strengths of the university and industry to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of both.

Center for Interface Science and Catalysis (SUNCAT)

The SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis is a partnership between Stanford School of Engineering and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The Center explores challenges associated with the atomic-scale design of catalysts for chemical transformations of interest for energy conversion and storage. By combining experimental and theoretical methods the aim is to develop a quantitative description of chemical processes atthe solid-gas and solid-liquid interface. The goal is to identify the factors controlling the catalytic properties of solid surfaces and use these to tailor new catalysts. Our approach is to integrate electronic structure theory and kinetic modeling with operando and in-situ characterization techniques, synthesis of alloys, compounds, and functional nanostructures, and finally testing under realistic process conditions.

Center for Magnetic Nanotechnology (CMN)

The mission of the Center is to stimulate research at Stanford in the area of magnetic nanotechnology, magnetic sensing, and information storage materials; to facilitate collaboration between Stanford scientists and their industrial colleagues; to train well-rounded and highly skilled graduate students; and to develop curricular offerings in the relevant subjects. The center also operates:
• Nanomagnetics Facility (Manager: Dr. Robert Wilson,
• Magnetics Forum: annual reviews, workshops, short courses, and conferences on magnetics-based technologies including nanotechnology and information storage.

Field of Study
The Stanford Center for Magnetic Nanotechnology supersedes the Center for Research on Information Storage Materials (founded in 1991). The change in the Center’s name and its operation mode are motivated by the rapidly evolving landscape in the industry and the intellectual environment at Stanford. In particular, as the magnetic recording industry prospers and matures, new industries are emerging, most notably in spintronics and biomagnetics. We envision that our Center should be positioned to effect or lead new waves of magnetics-based technologies before the emerging technologies blossom into mainstream industries.

Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness (CSDGC)

Future economic and business development and competition will be conducted in the context of increasing environmental concerns and limited natural and human resources. Building competitive advantage in a global economy will require addressing the needs of smart business development and innovation in a rapidly changing business ecosystem, while fulfilling social and environmental responsibilities and building a long-lasting foundation for sustainable development. CSDGC will provide a platform for Stanford's research and educational communities to collaborate with affiliated global business community members to promote sustainable development while maintaining competitiveness.

Center for Turbulence Research

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting fellows use computer simulation methodology to conduct studies of turbulent flows aimed at improving prediction methods and developing concepts for turbulence control for engineering applications. Specific areas of interest include external and internal aerodynamics, distributed control, reacting flows and combustion, heat transfer, parallel computing, numerical methods for partial differential equations, stochastic differential equations, aeroacoustics and hydroacoustics, plasmas, planetary formation, and molecular dynamics.

Center for Work, Technology and Organization (WTO)

WTO is a research center located within the Department of Management Science and Engineering. WTO's faculty, graduate students, and industrial research partners are committed to basic and applied research on how work is changing and to designing more effective organizations and technologies. WTO sponsors research projects, colloquia, workshops and conferences that bring together social scientists, engineers, designers and managers within the context of an engineering school to address crucial social, organizational and technical problems in an interdisciplinary manner. We often study technical settings and the organizational issues that arise at the intersection of work and technology. Our bias is toward field-based research and we are experts in using ethnography to understand work practices in situ. In some cases, we use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate phenomena of interest. Our research projects actively involve students at all levels (Ph.D., Masters, and Undergraduate) and often include our research partners from industry as investigators. As we engage with new students and partners, our projects evolve in unanticipated and exciting directions.

Center of Financial and Risk Analytics

The financial system is in a phase of significant change; there are two major trends:

Financial Data. Financial markets, the financial institutions operating in these markets, and the organizations and individuals using financial services generate massive amounts of data. Examples include market data, order book and transactions data, credit data, payment data, and behavioral data. While these data provide significant opportunities for financial firms, regulators, and policy makers, their processing and analysis is challenging, making it hard to harness the data for better decision making, more accurate analysis of risk, and higher efficiency.
Financial Technology. The financial services industry is one of the biggest consumers of information technology (hard- and software). The technologies developed over the past several decades have dramatically changed the business of financial institutions. Recent innovations such as online payment technologies, equity crowdfunding, and marketplace lending have a significant impact on financial markets, institutions, corporations, and individuals.

The Center for Financial and Risk Analytics pioneers quantitative models, statistical methods, numerical algorithms, and software to address the challenging and important problems arising in this context. The Center’s faculty and doctoral students combine expertise in core areas such as stochastics, optimization, data science, and networks and algorithms with a deep understanding of financial markets and institutions to make fundamental advances of broad relevance. The Center promotes cross-disciplinary, multi-faceted approaches that draw from finance, economics, operations research, statistics, law, computational mathematics, computer science, and other fields.

The Center’s researchers are particularly interested in the analytics issues associated with big financial data. This includes the design, analysis and testing of efficient computational and statistical methods for processing and analyzing massive financial data sets. It also includes the development of comprehensive tools for making data-driven pricing, risk management, regulatory, and business decisions. The Center’s researchers have also a strong interest in the development of innovative financial technologies that have the potential to disrupt the financial services industry.

Center on Interfacial Engineering for Microelectromechanical Systems (CIEMS)

The Center on Interfacial Engineering in Microelectromechanical Systems (CIEMS) is advancing the surface-science and engineering of microstructural materials, coatings, and processes to enhance the capabilities and performance of micro and nanoelectromechanical systems, through funding interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Iowa State University.

Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC)

The world's growing energy needs will require not one but a collection of extremely efficient energy technologies that will work in concert to produce, store, and use the large amounts of energy that humans will soon demand. To provide a scientific foundation for break-out high-efficiency, cost-effective energy technologies, CNEEC research activities are focused on the following goals:

• Employ nanostructuring to generate high gradients, high surface-to-volume ratios, and low dimensionality leading to improved energy conversion efficiency.
• Manipulate materials at the nanometer scale to increase efficiency of energy conversion devices.
• Exploit fundamental advances in charge transport, optical absorption, and equilibrium control to improve performance and efficiency in energy conversion devices.

Chaudhuri Lab for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

We are interested in elucidating the complex mechanical properties of cells and the extracellular matrix, and in turn, investigating how these mechanical properties and other mechanical cues play a role in important biological processes such as cancer progression, stem cell differentiation, or cell division. Our approach is to develop new force-measurement instrumentation and engineered biomaterials for 3D cell culture to provide new insight into these areas.

Codiga Resources Recovery Center (CR2C)

Following a groundbreaking ceremony on March 26, 2014, Stanford is moving forward on the construction of the William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center, "CR2C" for short, whose main purpose will be to testbed and demonstrate scalability of promising wastewater treatment technologies and essentially serve as an innovation accelerator. One of the first key projects will be a test of resource recovery technology at pilot-scale, extracting clean water, nutrients, energy and chemical feedstocks from wastewater.

Collaborative Haptics And Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory

Our research focuses on developing the principles and tools needed to realize advanced robotic and human-machine systems capable of haptic (touch) interaction, particularly for biomedical applications. Haptic systems are designed and studied using both analytical and experimental approaches. Topics of particular interest are: (1) Teleoperation: Devices, models, and control systems that allow human operators to manipulate environments that are remote in scale and/or distance. (2) Virtual Environments: Models, control systems, and devices that enable compelling touch-based interaction with computers. (3) Robotic manipulation: Robots that physically manipulate their environment or their own shape, incorporating novel designs, sensors, and control systems. Application areas include surgery, simulation and training, rehabilitation, prosthetics, neuromechanics, exploration of hazardous and remote environments, design, and education.

Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab (CHARM Lab)

Haptics, the sense of touch, is crucial for human exploration and manipulation of the world. In medicine and rehabilitation, haptic interaction is often necessary for reasons of performance, safety, and user acceptance. Our research is devoted to developing the principles and tools needed to realize advanced robotic and human-machine systems capable of haptic interaction. We are particularly interested in:

Teleoperation: Devices, models, and control systems that allow human operators to manipulate environments that are remote in scale and/or distance. Prostheses can also be considered a form of teleoperator.

Virtual Environments: Specialized models, simulators, control systems, and devices that enable compelling touch-based interaction with computers (e.g., surgical simulators and planners).

Robotic Manipulation: Robots that physically manipulate their environment or their own shape, incorporating novel designs, touch sensors, and control systems.

We design and study haptic systems using both analytical and experimental approaches. This research has applications in many areas, including robot-assisted surgery, simulation and training, rehabilitation, exploration of hazardous or remote environments, enabling technologies, manufacturing, design, mobile computing, and education. A major theme of our work is biomedical systems.

Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP)

Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) serves as Stanford University's primary forum for research on the development and management of global projects " infrastructure, industrial, commercial, telecommunication, IT and other projects involving sponsors, financiers and developers from multiple countries. CRGP is a collaborative undertaking between Stanford University, partner universities, private firms and government affiliates to advance the science and practice of planning and implementing global projects. The aim of CRGP's research program is to enhance understanding of legal, social, political, financial, and institutional processes that interact in complex ways to affect global project outcomes. Membership in CRGP provides public and private sector organizations engaged in sponsoring, financing, regulating or developing global projects a range of opportunities for interaction with CRGP faculty and students in all phases of defining and conducting its research on global projects. CRGP offers a three-tier membership structure in order to meet the needs of smaller, more focused industry members as well as large organizations.

Computational Biomechanics Laboratory

The BME Laboratories are designed to integrate mechanical testing with experimental techniques from fundamental biology to clinical studies (including direct patient studies). The BME laboratories are state-of-the-art, and include facilities for cell and tissue culture, mechanical testing, tissue preparation and a surgical simulation.

Computer Systems Laboratory (CSL)

Computer Systems Laboratory (CSL) is a joint research and teaching laboratory sponsored by the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Research in CSL spans all areas of computer systems, from programming language theory and verification to integrated circuit design and special computer architectures. The systems area encompasses both experimental and theoretical work involving topics in operating systems, computer networking, architecture, compilers, programming languages, information management, database systems, graphics, reliability and fault tolerance, system specification and verification, and user interfaces.

d'Arbeloff Undergraduate Research and Teaching Lab

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

Design Research Laboratory

The Center for Design Research (CDR) is a community of scholars focused on understanding and augmenting engineering design innovation practice and education.

We are dedicated to facilitating individual creativity, understanding the team design process, and developing advanced tools and methods that promote superior design and manufacturing of products. We develop concepts and technical solutions for design thinking, concurrent engineering, distributed collaborative design and design knowledge reuse.

Designing Education Lab (DEL)

The Designing Education Lab (DEL), led by Professor Sheri Sheppard, investigates 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. DEL researchers are engaged in national and international collaborations with colleagues within and outside of engineering.
Our activities and projects emphasize the relationship of research TO academic and professional practice by informing the redesign of engineering course pedagogy and curriculum and DISSEMINATION of findings in conference presentations, workshops, webinars, online resources, and publications.

designX Lab

DesignX is the research lab of Larry Leifer PhD, Professor in Mechanical Engineering (Design Group). The designX community consists of a diverse group of research staff, administrative staff, PhD candidates, M.Sc students, visiting professors and visiting students. We study Design.

DesignX is focused on graduate-level research in the larger subjects of design innovation, design methodology, and design education. Our designX community is comprised of fulltime members who arrive from a diverse range of disciplines including sociology, product design, neuroscience, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, economics, business and architecture. While our lab reflects a range of interests across multiple disciplines, we share an interest and commitment to better understanding Design Thinking " A research and design paradigm which is user-centered and is proving to yield superior outcomes in the face of contemporary problems.

Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory (ELG)

The Ginzton Laboratory houses research in electrical engineering and applied physics concerned with quantum electronics, lasers, mesoscopic devices, optical interconnects, fiber optics, scanning optical microscopy, acoustics, nondestructive testing, superconductivity, condensed matter, scanning force and tunneling microscopy, and fabrication of nanostructures.

Energy Modeling Forum (EMF)

Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) seeks to improve the use and usefulness of energy and environmental analysis to the public and private sectors by organizing comparative tests of available models and complementary analyses. These studies are designed to enhance the ability of international, federal, state, and local agencies, energy producing and consuming corporations, and households to plan for market shifts in the energy sector and the introduction of new energy and environmental policies. Current studies focus on global climate change and international natural gas markets and trade.

Engineering Risk Research Group (ERRG)

The mission of ERRG is the analysis, mathematical modeling, and management of the safety of engineered systems using probabilistic methods and systems analysis. The objective is to identify the most cost- effective risk reduction measures, including both technical and organizational solutions, in complex systems. Decision analysis is often used to make the final choice among a spectrum of risk mitigation options. Fields of application studied in the ERRG include space systems, medical procedures and devices, offshore oil platforms, counter-terrorism and national security, financial problems of the insurance industry and software risk analysis.

Environmental Engineering and Science Lab (EESL)

The laboratory offers excellent facilities for detailed analysis of trace organic contaminants, including a GC-Triple Stage Quadrapole Mass Spectrometer, six gas chromatographs (three equipped with capillary column capability), an integrated GC/MS/Data system, and two computerized high-performance liquid chromatographic systems. An LC/MS/MS system offers analytical capability for perfluorochemicals and a variety of emerging contaminants in pharmaceutical and personal care products.

Environmental Informatics Group

The Stanford Environmental Informatics Group addresses an innovative use of information technology to develop a framework for information sharing among research collaborations, and for information and knowledge access for all stakeholders for environmental and sustainable development tasks.

EXtreme Environment Microsystems (XLab)

The EXtreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab) is a part of the Aero/Astro Department at Stanford University. We are focused on the development of micro- and nano-systems for operation within extreme harsh environments. Researchers in the XLab are investigating the synthesis of temperature tolerant, chemically resistant and radiation-hardened wide bandgap semiconductor thin films and nanostructures. These new material sets serve as a platform for the realization of sensor, actuator and electronic components that can operate and collect data under the most hostile conditions. More specifically, smart and adaptable structures for extreme environments are enabled through the technology developed in the XLab. Our research efforts support a variety of applications including deep space systems, hypersonic aircrafts, combustion monitoring and subsurface monitoring.

Farhat Research Group (FRG)

Charbel Farhat and his Research Group (FRG) develop mathematical models, advanced computational algorithms, and high-performance software for the design and analysis of complex systems in aerospace, marine, mechanical, and naval engineering. They contribute major advances to Simulation-Based Engineering Science. Current engineering foci in research are on the nonlinear aeroelasticity and flight dynamics of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) with flexible flapping wings and N+3 aircraft with High Aspect Ratio (HAR) wings, layout optimization and additive manufacturing of wing structures, supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for Mars landing, and underwater acoustics. Current theoretical and computational emphases in research are on high-performance, multi-scale modeling for the high-fidelity analysis of multi-physics problems, high-order embedded boundary methods, uncertainty quantification, and efficient model-order reduction for time-critical applications such as design and active control.

Flow Physics and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Group

"FPCE is contributing new theories, models and computational tools for accurate engineering design analysis and control of complex flows including: acoustics, chemical reactions, interactions with electromagnetic waves, plasmas, and other phenomena, of interest in aerodynamics, electronics cooling, environmental engineering, materials processing, planetary entry, propulsion and power systems, and other areas. A significant emphasis of FPCE research is on physical modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering systems. FPCE students and research staff are developing new methods and tools for generation, access, display, interpretation and post-processing of large databases resulting from numerical simulations of physical systems. Research in FPCE ranges from advanced simulation of complex turbulent flows to active flow control. The FPCE faculty teach graduate and undergraduate courses in acoustics, aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, computational mathematics, fluid mechanics, combustion, thermodynamics and propulsion.

FPCE is closely connected with the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), an internationally recognized institution for fundamental research on turbulence."

Fuel Cells Consortium

The Fuel Cell Affiliates / CONSORTIUM is a unique resource for member companies, providing a window into ultrathin film fuel cells research at Stanford. CONSORTIUM members provide financial support that, together with university resources, supports CONSORTIUM research in fuel cells, supervised by Stanford Principal Investigators.

The objective of the proposed program is to develop all-solid-state ultrathin proton-conducting fuel cells featuring nanostructured catalytic electrodes and water impermeable ceramic membrane electrolytes. This unique fuel cell architecture eliminates many of the major problems suffered by power sources currently employed in mobile and portable device applications.

Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM)

GLAM is an Independent Laboratory at Stanford under the Dean of Research that supports research programs on advanced materials and fosters research and education for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. Its mission is to support interdisciplinary materials research programs and to manage materials characterization facilities for the Stanford materials research community. Note that GLAM is not an academic department, nor does it grant degrees. GLAM consists of about thirty faculty members principally from applied physics, physics and materials science and engineering, with additional faculty from chemistry, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. GLAM is located on the Science and Engineering Quad (SEQ) and occupies a two-building complex consisting of the recently renovated McCullough Building and the newly built Moore Building, which together provide state-of-the-art research facilities for the 220-strong GLAM community of faculty, students and staff. The current research programs include work on dielectric, magnetic, optical, organic, semiconducting and superconducting materials. There are strong programs in materials synthesis, materials characterization, physical study and theory. GLAM is also the home for the Center for Research on Information Storage Materials (CRISM), the Stanford/IBM NSF NSEC Center for Probing the Nanoscale (CPN) and the IBM/Stanford Center for Spintronics. Located in GLAM is the Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory (SNL), which houses state-of-the-art facilities for the characterization of materials. Key instruments include a focused ion beam (FIB), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), scanning probe microscopy (SPM/AFM), and electron microprobe (EMPA). These facilities are open to the entire Stanford materials research community and are operated by a knowledgeable, professional staff.

Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP)

GCEP was established to perform fundamental, pre-commercial research on technologies that would foster the development of a global energy system with low greenhouse emissions. GCEP develops and manages a portfolio of innovative research activities, publishes reports, and conducts workshops and seminars related to energy supply, transformation, and use with low emissions of greenhouse gases. The project's energy-related research is currently being conducted by a number of Stanford professors, post doctoral researchers, and graduate students.

Global Projects Center (GPC)

The Global Projects Center is an interdisciplinary research center at Stanford University. We seek to facilitate understanding of the financing, development, and governance of critical infrastructure worldwide.

We conduct interdisciplinary research, facilitate engagement among academic and industry leaders, and educate future leaders within the infrastructure finance and development space.

GPS Laboratory

The GPS Research Laboratory works with the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Arinc, NASA and U.S. Coast Guard to pioneer systems that augment the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Galileo. These augmentations broadcast differential corrections to improve accuracy, provide error bounds in real time, and/or mitigate radio frequency interference.

Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory (HEPL)

HEPL (WW Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory) is Stanford's first and oldest independent research laborator. It supports interdisciplinary research programs in fundamental science and engineering. In partnership with other departments and schools (e.g., Engineering and Medicine), HEPL provides unique research and educational opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (

The institute is a place for Stanford students and faculty of many disciplines to learn and engage in design thinking and to work together to solve big problems in a human-centered way. It is a place where people from big companies, startups, schools, nonprofits, government, and anyone else who realizes the power of design thinking, can join in multidisciplinary teaching, prototyping, and research. The institute brings multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students together with public and private organizations to tackle complex problems. They start by understanding how those problems affect people and then address them by iteratively designing solutions such as products environments and services.

Heat Transfer and Turbulence Mechanics Lab (HTTM)

The Heat Transfer and Turbulence Mechanics Laboratory concentrates on fundamental research aimed at understanding and improved prediction of turbulent flows and high performance energy conversion systems. The laboratory includes two general-purpose wind tunnels, a pressurized high Reynolds number tunnel, two supersonic cascade flow facilities, three specialized boundary layer wind tunnels, and several other flow facilities. Extensive diagnostic equipment is available including multiple particle-image velocimetry and laser-Doppler anemometry systems.

High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory (HTGL)

HTGL houses experimental research in the areas of energy science, combustion science, propulsion, pollution science, fluid mechanics, spray dynamics, plasma science, materials synthesis, and laser-based optical diagnostics. Typical topics include fundamental aspects of spray combustion, coal and biomass combustion and gasification, synthetic fuels, plasma-assisted materials processing, plasma propulsion, mixing and reaction of gases at subsonic and supersonic speeds, advanced air-breathing propulsion, pulse detonation engines, chemistry of pollutant formation, reactive gasdynamics, and plasma chemistry. Research activities include determination of spectroscopic parameters in high temperature gases, measurement of reaction rate parameters in combustion gases, development of laser-based diagnostic methods for probing various properties of gaseous flows, and use of diode laser sensors for process monitoring and control.

Information Systems Laboratory (ISL)

The Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University includes around 30 faculty members, 150 PhD students, and 150 MS students.

Research in ISL focuses on algorithms for information processing, their mathematical underpinnings, and a broad range of applications. Core topics include information theory and coding, control and optimization, signal processing, and learning and statistical inference. ISL has active interdisciplinary programs with colleagues in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Management Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Medicine, and Business.

ISL research is sponsored by US government agencies including NSF, NIH, and DARPA; by industry; and by university centers such as the Center for Integrated Systems, Precourt, TomKat, the Stanford Center from Image Systems Engineering, and Brown Institute for Media networks, image and video systems, medical imaging, and data compression and classification.

Initiative for Nanoscale Materials and Processes (INMP)

This research initiative is focused on metal gate/high k dielectrics /high mobility channel MOSFETs research for the ITRS 32nm and beyond. Both theoretical and experimental study for such devices with aspects of device physics, material science, and innovative new processes have been explored. Included are bilayer metal gate for work function engineering and science, high k dielectrics synthesis and structural analysis, Ge and III-V channel with high mobility n-channel and p-channel MOSFETs. Interfaces for metal-high k dielectrics-substrate are being studied comprehensively by both physical and electrical characterizations as well as interfaces with channel and highly doped source and drain regions.

Innovation Acceleration Lab

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.

Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)

ICME leverages the outstanding strengths of Stanford in engineering applications and physical, biological and earth sciences to focus and guide the development of modern research and educational enterprise in computational mathematics. ICME's central research mission is the development of sophisticated algorithmic and mathematical tools, which impact many different applied disciplines.

Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICL)

Activity in the ICL spans a broad range of interests extending from semiconductor materials processing to system integration. Much of the research and teaching focuses on the design and modeling of high-performance and special purpose integrated circuits, devices, and technologies. Specific areas of study include novel device structures, semiconductor processing technology, high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, integrated sensors and actuators, and new technologies for system integration. There is also growing activity in bioengineering applications that include electronics for detection/identification of biomaterials, probing of living tissue, and system-level prosthetic interfaces.

IRIS Design Lab: Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainable Design

Research projects in Dr. MacDonald's IRIS Design lab have three foci: (1) Modeling the role of the public's decisions in effective large-scale sustainability implementation; (2) Improving engineering designers' abilities to address complex customer preference for sustainability; and (3) Using data on how consumers perceive products, especially visually, to understand how products are evaluated and subsequently improve those evaluations. These foci represent three corresponding design vantage points: (1) system-level; (2) human-scale or product-level, and (3) single-decision-level, as shown in the Figure. The exploration of these different vantage points is fundamental to performing insightful design research on complex design issues, such as sustainability.

John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center

The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center is devoted to the advancement of research, education, and practice in the field of earthquake engineering. Affiliates are invited to visit the Blume Center and participate in various activities. They have facilitated access to the Blume Center's faculty and staff and are encouraged to discuss with them critical issues of mutual concern. Affiliates provide a very valuable perspective to the research and development conducted at the Blume Center, and their participation in these activities is essential to the program's goals. Affiliates also receive copies of publications and other material that is available from the Blume Center. Corporations, consulting firms, and individual professionals can become members of the Blume Center Professional Affiliate Program by contributing financially.

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) at Stanford is a collaborative center of excellence for research in aeronautics and astronautics, established in partnership with the Hanson Experimental Physics Laboratory (HEPL) at Stanford.

Our mission is to focus on emerging frontiers in research and innovation in our field, while strengthening KACST's research, development and educational infrastructure in aerospace technologies and space physics.

Our research projects focus on topics of pressing concerns that are furthermore aligned with the Kingdom's global push to raise its technological profile. These include developing new green propellants, performing synergistic experimental and numerical studies of winged flight of birds to enhance the flight characteristics of micro air vehicles and design better flapping robotic wings, and improving the safety of small aircraft by developing automatic stall/spin recovery of fixed-wing and autonomous aircraft.

In the satellite realm, our innovating activities focus on small but efficient orbital sensing systems. We are currently developing the HATTS joint designed to keep a satellite’s solar array pointed toward the sun without twisting and fraying its wires. We are also collaborating with the German Aerospace Center, Bremen University, ZARM, Humboldt University and NASA Ames on the mSTAR project focused on testing Lorentz invariance in low-earth orbit.

Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Laboratory (MRSRL)

The MRSRL research group focuses on developing new acquisition and processing methods for improved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The MRSRL pursues a wide variety of projects related to new applications and hardware for MRI. A lab housing a fully equipped GE 1.5 T Signa MRI scanner is used for this research.

Management Science and Engineering Industrial Affiliates Program

he MS&E Industry Affiliates Program directly connects corporations with the department’s vast resources: renowned faculty, cutting-edge research centers and a thriving student community. It is a partnership with industry designed to assist organizations in meeting their challenges while expanding educational and employment opportunities for our students.

Manufacturing Modeling Lab (MML)

MML serves as a repository of manufacturing models as well as a focus of research on design and manufacturing integration. The laboratory has working relationships with the Graduate School of Business (GSB) through Stanford's Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Center for Design Research (CDR), and Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE), Work Systems Collaborative Research Lab (CRL/MS&E) at Stanford. MML's research develops methods and tools for system design and management to improve the life-cycle quality of products and processes. The lab applies structured techniques to support “Design for X” decisions addressing robustness, reliability, serviceability, variety, flexibility, and sustainability. Recent research foci include Scenario-based Amorphous Design and Decision Analytical Scorecarding. MML is also home of Stanford's renowned graduate course, Design for Manufacturability (ME317).

Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication

"The Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication (MPC-VCC) was established by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) and Stanford University in October 2003 recognizing the high potential of a mutually beneficial cooperation between Stanford and MPG in the field of Visual Computing and Communication and recognizing the desire of the scientists of the parties to conduct joint research.

The MPC-VCC supports research collaborations between faculty at Stanford and researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics by providing graduate and postdoctoral fellowships in the Stanford School of Engineering.

The MPC-VCC also supports the professional development of a small number of selected, outstanding individuals by providing them with the opportunity to work at Stanford University as Visiting Assistant Professors for two years and then return to Germany to continue their research as a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and ultimately as a professor or a research leader in industry.

Mechanical Engineering Design Group

The Design Group emphasizes cognitive skill development for creative design. It is concerned with automatic control, computer-aided design, creativity, design aesthetics, design for manufacturability, design research, experimental stress analysis, fatigue and fracture mechanics, finite element analysis, human factors, kinematics, manufacturing systems, microcomputers in design, micro-electromechanics systems (MEMS), robotics, and vehicle dynamics. The Design Group offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Product Design (jointly with the Department of Art and Art History) and is centrally involved in the founding of Stanford's new Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Micro Structures and Sensors Lab

The Micro Structures and Sensors Laboratory at Stanford University is directed by Professor Thomas Kenny of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Our group's research in the area of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) leverages silicon microfabrication techniques to create micro-devices that include ultra-stable timing references and high performance sensors. Recent work encompasses the design, optimization, and effective realization of high performance MEMS devices, as well as the integration of various types of sensors.

Microfluidics Lab

The applications of microfluidics are wide ranging include grand challenge applications such as water purification and genetics research. The field lies at the interfaces between engineering, physics, chemistry, material science, and biology.

Our group is focused on the following activities:

Capacitive deionization (CDI) to remove salt and ionic toxins from water and thereby create safe drinking water.
Automation, optimization, and miniaturization of chemical and biochemical analyses, with particular emphasis on molecular diagnostics methods.
Fundamental challenges, including combined experimental and theoretical exploration of the coupling between fluid flow, electrostatics, dispersion, mixing, separation, and reaction processes, and the quantitation of chemical species.
The Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory operates under the direction of Professor Juan G. Santiago of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A major theme of our lab is the exploitation of the physical regimes associated with micro- and nanoscales to achieve new functionality. The long-term goal is to enable electrokinetic, chemical, and biological discoveries, to help define the role of engineers in microfluidics and water purification, and educate the future leaders in the field.

Microscale Thermal and Mechanical Characterization Lab (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. The activities at MTMC are closely linked to those at the Heat Transfer Teaching Laboratory (HTTL), where undergraduate and master's students use high-resolution probe stations to study thermal phenomena in integrated circuits and thermally-actuated microvalves. HTTL also provides macroscopic experiments in convection and radiative exchange.

Nano-Photonics Laboratory

The Nano-Photonics Lab studies ultra-dense digital optical data storage, optical super-resolution, nonlinear optics, nanostructures, and visualization of scientific data. The lab contains facilities for digital image processing, extensive optical laboratory facilities, crystal growth facilities, and state-of-the-art computing facilities, including graphics machines for efficient visualization of complex 4-D scientific data sets. A new effort in nanoscale information processing machines and telecommunications has resulted in new highly efficient nano-scale apertures for ultra high-resolution microscopy, and optical tweezers for manipulation of single molecules.

NanoEnergy Lab

The NanoEnergy Lab was founded at Stanford in Fall 2013 to use molecular and nanoscale phenomenon in the development of novel energy conversion technologies. We are at the forefront of both well-established fields, such as combustion, and emerging fields, such as battery and supercapacitor storage devices. Our core knowledge is in the molecular processes that underpin methods of power generation and energy storage. How can we use this knowledge to drastically improve combustion chemistry models? To use flames to synthesize battery and supercapacitor materials? To utilize chemical nonequilibrium to create high-efficiency engines? Our lab, funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and many other agencies, investigates these questions, and many others. Please explore our website to find out more about specific projects, our results, and how to collaborate with us.

NanoHeat Lab

We study heat transfer in electronic nanostructures & packaging, microfluidic heat sinks, and thermoelectric & photonic energy conversion devices.

We focus on fundamental transport physics and interact extensively with semiconductor and energy companies.

Nanomaterials Synthesis Lab

The Zheng group studies the interfacial science among combustion, nanomaterials and energy conversion. Our goal is to bridge combustion science with scalable synthesis and applications of high-dimensional nanomaterials to provide innovative and revolutionary solutions to solve some of today’s most challenging problems, such as energy and the environment. The Zheng group is also interested in innovating new manufacture methods for flexible and attachable inorganic electronics.

Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory

Our team creates, models, and prototypes nanoscale structures to understand the physics of electrical energy conversion and storage. We are exploring the relation between size, composition, and the kinetics of charge transfer. We are also interested in learning from nature, in particular by studying the electron transport chain in plant cells.

We employ a wide range of nano-fabrication technologies to build and evaluate prototype structures. Such technologies include atomic layer deposition, scanning probe microscopy, and impedance spectroscopy. In addition, we use molecular scale modeling to gain insights into the nature of charge separation and recombination processes.

National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (the Epicenter)

Funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the Epicenter is an education, research and outreach hub for the creation and sharing of entrepreneurship and innovation resources among engineering schools in the United States.

The Epicenter is unleashing the entrepreneurial potential of undergraduate engineering students across the United States to create bold innovators with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to economic and societal prosperity.

National Performance of Dams Project (NPDP)

The NPDP is a cooperative effort of engineers and dam safety professionals in the U.S. to create an information resource on dams and their performance. The objectives of the NPDP are to retrieve, archive, and disseminate information on the performance of dams. The NPDP creates an information track that facilitates the evaluation and use of dam performance data to improve methods of design and rehabilitation, and the development of effective public policy.
The NPDP will provide policy makers with information on the performance of dams that is comparable to data available to professionals and the public in other fields involving public health and safety. Information on public health, such as the rise in tuberculosis cases or the increase in the number of HIV-positive individuals, provides lawmakers and administrators with valuable input to public policy decisions. A goal of the NPDP is to develop resources that will elevate dam safety to a similar level.

Networked Information Service Engineering (NISE)

Networked Information Service Engineering is to improve from a "technology push" to a "service pull". It's to secure seamless access to personalized info-services and conent from an office home, street, car or train, with mobile wireless access.

Networked Systems and Control Lab

The Multi-robot Systems Lab (MSL) studies distributed algorithms for control, sensing, and learning in groups of robots and animals.

" Distributed controllers for the deployment of mobile sensor networks
" Agile coordinated multi-robot control
" Multi-robot control with adversaries and environmental hazards
" Persistent monitoring and persistent environmental sampling with robots
" Information based active sensing and estimation
" Multi-robot manipulation

Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab

The Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab combines experimental and computational approaches to study human movement. Biomechanical models are developed to analyze muscle function, study movement abnormalities, design new medical products, and guide surgery. New computational models of human movement are tested extensively with medical image data and experimental measurements.

NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

NMBL investigators use their expertise in biomechanics, computer science, imaging, robotics, and neuroscience to analyze muscle function, study human movement, design medical technologies, and optimize human performance. Professor Scott Delp is the Principal Investigator.

Nonvolatile Memory Technology Research Initiative (MNTRI)

This initiative for nonvolatile memory research aims at dealing with challenges of increasing needs for embedded memory with high density and low cost with power minimization. NMTRI does this by forming an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff and students to look into technical feasibility at the device level, circuit/system level as well as develop a fundamental understanding for a variety of new nonvolatile memory phenomena, materials and processes.

NMTRI covers many areas of research: (i) how barrier engineering can improve flash and ferroelectric devices (ii) how scalable the various resistance switch materials and mechanisms are (iii) how nanowire diodes can be integrated with resistive switches in crosspoint arrays (iv) how cell and circuit innovations can improve performance and (v) how bulk and interface effects control reliability and endurance. The scope of the initiative is for 5 years aiming at possible infusion into the 32-21nm ITRS nodes and beyond.

Open Networking Research Center

The mission of ONRC is to create a comprehensive intellectual framework for SDN and develop, deploy and support open source SDN tools and platforms to "open up the Internet infrastructure for innovations" and enable the larger network industry to build networks that offer increasingly sophisticated functionality yet are cheaper and simpler to manage than current networks.

In contrast to most areas of technology, the networking industry has been relatively stagnant over the past twenty years and the basic networking paradigm has remained largely unchanged. As a result, networks are still far too expensive, complex, and difficult to manage. This unfortunate state-of-affairs is about to change because of two revolutionary developments: (1) the emergence of sophisticated, commodity networking hardware from merchant silicon vendors, and (2) the advent of a radically new approach called software-defined networking (SDN). SDN promises to make all networks cheaper, simpler, and easier to manage; the effects of SDN will be felt in the data-center, the enterprise wiring closet, the WAN, cellular networks and in the home. SDN originated from research at Stanford and Berkeley, and has now been endorsed by over 65 companies through their membership in the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Operations Research @ Stanford

The discipline of operations research develops and uses mathematical and computational methods for decision-making. The field revolves around a mathematical core consisting of several fundamental topics including optimization, stochastic systems, simulation, economics and game theory, and network analysis.

The broad applicability of its core topics places operations research at the heart of many important contemporary problems such as communication network management, statistical learning, supply-chain management, pricing and revenue management, financial engineering, market design, bio-informatics, production scheduling, energy and environmental policy, and transportation logistics, to name a few.

OtoBiomechanics Group at Stanford

Study of the auditory system is highly multidisciplinary, bringing together fields as diverse as engineering, computational modeling, signal processing, medicine, audiology, physiology, psychoacoustics, neuroscience, molecular biology, imaging, and others. As a result of this breadth, students of audition have the opportunity to become proficient in a variety of disciplines, techniques, and research approaches, and to develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills that have wide applicability in many other areas.

Pervasive Parallelism Lab (PPL)

The Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab is a collaboration of many leading Stanford computer scientists and electrical engineers for the purpose of developing the parallel computing platform for the year 2020. We are supported by a completely open industrial affiliates program. New heterogeneous architectures continue to provide increases in achievable performance, but programming these devices to reach maximum performance levels is not straightforward. The goal of the PPL is to make heterogeneous parallelism accessible to average software developers through domain-specific languages (DSLs) so that it can be freely used in all computationally demanding applications. The core of our research agenda is to allow the domain expert to develop parallel software without becoming an expert in parallel programming. Our approach is to use a layered system based on DSLs, a common parallel compiler and runtime infrastructure, and an underlying architecture that provides efficient mechanisms for communication, synchronization, and performance monitoring.

Plasma Physics Lab

The Stanford Plasma Physis Lab is headed by Professor Mark Cappelli. With his group, Mark has been advancing the theoretical and experimental understanding of plasmas for over three decades, advising over 25 PhDs, and producing over 130 journal articles.

Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies Center

The Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) is an NSF sponsored partnership among Stanford University, IBM Almaden Research Center, the University of California Davis and the University of California Berkeley. CPIMA is dedicated to fundamental research on interfaces found in systems containing polymers and low molecular weight amphiphiles. Research within CPIMA is carried out in three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs):

Synthesis and Application of Nanostructured Materials
Structure and Dynamics of Confined Systems
Functional Biomolecular Membranes

CPIMA considers new Seed Projects annually. Tangible outcomes of research in CPIMA impact chemical and biological sensors, nanostructures for microelectronics, lubrication and adhesion.

Precourt Institute for Energy

The Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) at Stanford engages in a broad-ranging, interdisciplinary program of research and education on energy " applying fundamental research to the problem of supplying energy in environmentally and economically acceptable ways, using it efficiently, and facing the behavioral, social, and policy challenges of creating new energy systems for the U.S. and the world.

PIE serves as the hub of a broad and deep network of experts from various science, technology, behavioral, and policy disciplines who are working independently and collaboratively to solve the world's most pressing energy problems.

PIE's mission is to advance the goal of major and rapid energy transformations. PIE provides funding and associated support for cutting-edge energy research, creates and maintains avenues for effective communication and intellectual exchange among scholars and others seeking energy solutions, and develops energy-literate leaders and communities through educational programs and the dissemination of research results.

Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program

Hypersonic flight is intrinsically a multi-physics, multi-scale complex system where elements such as fluid dynamics, gasdynamics, turbulence, transport, chemistry, heat transfer and their interaction play a significant role. However, taking advantage of the hierarchical nature of this system, we are able to identify and decompose the full system into its unit components. This enables us to investigate in details, both numerically and experimentally, simpler unit-problem systems, advance their understanding, construct and validate physics-based models that accurately describe and predict them. All these activities are developed within a UQ framework that enables us to integrate and relate individual efforts. Each of our different topical groups focus on one such elemental system. They all consist of a modeling activity within our QMU framework with parallel and simultaneous experimental support. The modeling aspects concentrate on developing and refining models to be used in our overall QMU activity, while the experimental activities focus on understanding the physics of the problem and providing opportunities for model validation. They are also sensitive to quantify the uncertainties in the work, and to identify and resolve sources of possible inconsistency between corresponding experimental and numerical efforts for a more systematic comparison of the results.

Product Realization Laboratory

The Stanford Product Realization Laboratory offers design, and prototyping facilities in support of student product creation. The PRL is a teaching laboratory with emphasis on product innovation.

Project-Based Learning Laboratory (PBL)

Our Mission is to engage graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and industry practitioners in multi-disciplinary, collaborative, geographically distributed PBL activities. PBL is a process of teaching and learning that focuses on problem based, project centered activities that produce a product for a client. PBL will be based on re-engineering processes that bring people from multiple disciplines together.

Our Objectives are to develop, implement, test, deploy, and assess radically new and innovative collaboration technologies, learning technologies, knowledge capture, sharing and re-use technologies workspaces, learning and work processes that support collaborative, cross-disciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork and learning.

PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science

The Stanford PULSE Institute is a Stanford independent laboratory as well as a research center within the Science Directorate of SLAC. The mission of PULSE is to advance the frontiers of ultrafast science. One of our primary tools is the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world’s first hard X-ray free electron laser, located at SLAC. By leveraging the LCLS and the opportunities it enables, we strive to provide world leadership in ultrafast and short wavelength science and technology. The science being conducted by PULSE researchers is driven heavily by the transformational research opportunities introduced by ultrafast and high field science with X-rays, thus we are engaging in work that was not possible prior to the introduction of the LCLS.

Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (RPL)

RPL is dedicated to improving product design and scientific discovery through efficient use of rapid prototyping. Our effors focus on two different application domains: energy the and biology. The lab is developing processing methods to build thin film Solid Oxide fuel cells with relatively low operating temperatures. Such fuel cells hold the promise of high efficiency and cost-effective production. Lab members emphasize atomistic modeling and nanoscale fabrication for our understanding of behavior and functionality of the fuel cell devices we make. The electrochemical measurement techniques available to RPL researchers together with our ability to build sensors with nanoscale dimensions help us to observe oxidation reduction reactions not only in fuel cells but also in biological cells. The lab study mass transport within and between lipid bi-layers to gain insights into the physics and thermodynamics of electrochemical phenomena of thin biological membranes. The lab has a rich infrastructure and long tradition with respect to designing and manufacturing structures, which are difficult if not impossible to make with conventional techniques. Examples include 3D biodegradable tissue crafts and devices made with focused ion beam methods in a layered fashion.
Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (RPL) creates and models micro and nanoscale devices to understand the physics of energy conversion in fuel cells and photovoltaic systems.

Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)

The vision of the Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) is to harness new knowledge to facilitate the smooth transition of water systems to a new state in which they consume less energy and resources while continuing to meet the needs of urban users and aquatic ecosystems. Our four overarching goals are to: (1) advance urban water reinvention; (2) develop valued technologies and concepts to support urban water reinvention; (3) obtain recognition as a global leader in the field of urban water reinvention; and (4) prepare students to lead efforts to reinvent urban water infrastructure.

Reiner H. Dauskardt Research Group

The underlying theme of our research is to enable innovation and design of high-performance nanostructured and biomaterials by exploiting the fundamental connection between material or tissue structure and resulting function over a range of sub-micron length-scales.

Security Lab

The Security Lab is a part of the computer science department. Research projects in the lab focus on all aspects of computer security including web security, code analysis, security hardware, virtualization, security of mobile devices, and cryptography. PhD students in the lab work on research projects affecting real-world systems as well as theoretical aspects of computer security. The lab offers computer security courses at all levels, from freshmen undergraduate to advanced graduates. Several online and remote courses in computer security are also available. In addition, the lab runs a bi-weekly security seminar open to the public and an annual one day security workshop on the latest Stanford research in computer security.


Simbios is an NIH center based at Stanford for physics-based Simulation of Biological Structures. It is one of seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing. Simbios provides infrastructure, software, and training to help biomedical researchers understand biological form and function as they create novel drugs, synthetic tissues, medical devices, and surgical interventions.

Smart Product Design Laboratory (SPDL)

The Smart Product Design Lab supports the Smart Product Design sequences ( ME118 and ME218 A,B,C & D ) at Stanford University. Smart Products are products whose functionality is increased by an embedded microprocessor. It is a superset of the field that has become known as Mechatronics. Embedded microprocessors can already be found in everything from dishwashers to automobiles - and more Smart Products appear every day.

Smart Products Design Lab

The Smart Products Design Lab is the home for mechatronics education at Stanford. Smart Products, a superset of mechatronics, are those whose functionality is increased by an embedded microprocessor Courses taught include ME 118 and 218 A, B, C and D).

Social Algorithms Lab @ Stanford

We are a group of researchers in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, working on problems at the interface of social and economic sciences on one hand, and computational science and algorithms on the other.

Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)

Research in the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory addresses the function, degeneration and repair of musculoskeletal soft tissues, with a focus on meniscal fibrocartilage and articular cartilage.

Solid State and Photonics Laboratory (SSPL)

The focus of the SSPL is on optics and solid state materials and devices. Specific activities include the physics and technology of new electronic, optical, and magnetic materials, nano-structure fabrication processes, development of high spatial resolution analytical techniques, lasers, optoelectronics, superconductivity, and device applications of quantum phenomena. The laboratory has facilities for the growth and processing of compound semiconductor materials by molecular beam epitaxy, chemical vapor deposition and rapid thermal processing, as well as optical and crystal polishing facilities. Nano-patterning capabilities include e-beam lithography, focused ion beam, scanning probe (STM and AFM) and plasma and reactive ion etching systems. Characterization focuses on high-resolution X-ray and Auger electron spectroscopy of surfaces and interfaces to determine their properties under well-controlled environments and their stability for device applications. Materials investigated include semiconductors, insulators, metals, superconductors, and magnetic materials. There are also basic scientific investigations of nonlinear optical and optoelectronic phenomena and limits, as well as applications in fiber sensing, microscopy, and optical interconnections.

Space and Systems Development Laboratory

The Space Systems Development Laboratory has a major focus at the master's degree level on building CubeSat picosatellites. The CubeSat picosatellite project provides experience for students in the design, fabrication, testing, and operation of a 4-inch cube, 1 kg picosatellite within a one-year period for a very low cost. The laboratory provides opportunities for quick space experimentation and feasibility demonstrations, and qualifications of space parts. The laboratory also supports doctoral research of special spacecraft components and operational methodologies of satellite constellations. The laboratory has computers for space hardware and software design testing. A student-operated ground control station provides picosatellite operational control and training. The laboratory has cooperative relationships with industry and government laboratories such as Space Systems/Loral, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Aerospace Corporation, JPL, NASA Ames RC, Goddard Space Flight Center and others.

Space Environment and Satellite Systems (SESS) Laboratory

The Space Environment and Satellite Systems laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University studies space weather detection and modeling for improved spacecraft designs, and advanced signal processing and electromagnetic wave interactions with plasma for ground-to-satellite communication systems. These topics fall under the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) umbrella that include environmental remote sensing using satellite systems and ground-based radar. Our current efforts are focused on characterizing the space environment, including meteoroids, orbital debris, and neutral densities, and understanding space environment effects on spacecraft, including hypervelocity impact plasma, tropospheric-ionospheric interactions, and hypersonic plasma.

Space Rendezvous Laboratory (SLAB)

The Space Rendezvous Laboratory (SLAB) is a research and development laboratory of the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University founded and led by Professor Simone D’Amico. SLAB performs fundamental and applied research at the intersection of Astrodynamics and Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) to enable future distributed space systems. These include but are not limited to spacecraft formation-flying, rendezvous and docking, swarms, and fractionated space architectures. The vision of SLAB is that multi-satellite systems will help humanity addressing fundamental questions of space science, technology, and exploration. In order to respond to the ever increasing demand of positioning accuracy posed by these missions, SLAB’s objective is to develop, validate, and embed the necessary cutting-edge technologies into a formation of micro- and nano-satellites to be launched in space before 2020. To this end high-fidelity hardware-in-the-loop testbeds are under development including spaceborne radio-frequency and optical navigation sensors. The research at SLAB is based on 10 years of experience in the implementation and flight operations of GN&C subsystems for formation-flying and on-orbit servicing missions (e.g., GRACE, TanDEM-X, PRISMA, DEOS, etc.). Ultimately partnerships at national and international level will pave the way for breakthrough demonstrations of new technology.

Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory

The Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory, a research group within the Department of Electrical Engineering of Stanford University. Research areas in STAR Lab share a common basis in the study and exploitation of electromagnetic wave phenomena.

Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL)

The Stanford AI Lab (SAIL) is the intellectual home for researchers in the Stanford Computer Science Department whose primary research focus is artificial intelligence. The lab is located in the Gates Computer Science Building and the Clark Center, where 100+ people share the space with 20+ robots. Our mission is to change the way we understand the world. In the past decade, an abundance of data has become available, such as online data on the Web, scientific data such as the transcript of the human genome, sensor data acquired by robots or by the buildings we inhabit. The list is endless. Turning data into information pertaining to problems that people care about, is the central mission of our research, as is a deeper understanding of human-level cognition, perception, and actuation. In short, we seek to develop the next generations of theory, algorithms, and systems, that help us attach meaning to bits and bytes. Members of the Stanford AI Lab have contributed to fields as diverse as bio-informatics, cognition, computational geometry, computer vision, decision theory, distributed systems, game theory, image processing, information retrieval, knowledge systems, logic, machine learning, multi-agent systems, natural language, neural networks, planning, probabilistic inference, sensor networks, and robotics. We invite you to browse our Web site to find out more about our research. Share our excitement about AI, and the many ways in which computers are changing almost every aspect of our lives.

Stanford Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

The primary focus of the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translation is to develop and use nanotechnology for monitoring response to anti-cancer therapy and for earlier cancer detection. The cancer focus in the CCNE is on both lung and ovarian cancers; however developed strategies may eventually be applied to many cancers.

Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN)

The Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN) is a partnership between the Stanford School of Engineering and technology companies developing imaging systems for the enhancement of human communication. SCIEN supports multidisciplinary training, research and collaboration on the design of imaging systems - including methods for acquiring, processing, analyzing, communicating, rendering and displaying visual information.

SCIEN includes faculty from the Stanford Schools of Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Sciences who are working on the mathematical, computational and experimental aspects of imaging systems. Faculty members jointly advise graduate students and collaborate with industry partners on research projects. SCIEN also organizes seminars and workshops that focus on new developments and applications of imaging technologies.

Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD)

Through a dynamic partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, offer your employees access to unique, career-long learning opportunities. For a nominal annual fee, you will receive access to the part-time master of science degree program for qualified employees, tuition discounts on graduate courses, and informational events and resources to help promote your education program.

Stanford Computer Forum Affiliates Program

Stanford Computer Forum is a cooperative venture of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments, and 80+ companies located in Silicon Valley, the rest of the U.S., Asia, and Europe. The Forum provides a mechanism for developing interaction with industrial researchers and their academic counterparts, promoting the exchange of the most advanced technological ideas in fields of computer science and electrical engineering. The Forum offers industry the opportunity to become familiar with the professional abilities and interests of Stanford students through its active recruiting program.

As an international leader in innovation and technology, Silicon Valley has become a symbol of vitality, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. Close, productive relationships with Stanford University, through the Computer Forum program, are an integral part of this success story. As the world becomes more closely linked through economic ties, communication, and rapid travel, the need to participate in global forums is essential for keeping pace with new and imminent developments.

Stanford Construction Institute

The Stanford Construction Institute was launched in 1960 as one of Stanford's first Industrial Affiliate Programs to support enrichment of our Construction MS educational program by allowing us to engage practicing professionals from industry as Consulting Professors.

A key strength of our MS Construction Program since its inception is that it has always offered a unique blend of:

• Cutting edge insights from the ongoing research of our full time academic faculty; together with
• Strong coverage of current and evolving industry best practices presented by a superb group of dedicated Lecturers and Consulting Professors from Industry.

Examples of the cutting-edge research that has enriched our program ahead of most of our competitors include Professor John Fondahl's research on the critical path method, Professor Clark Oglesby's research on construction safety, Professor Henry Parker's research on methods improvement in the 1970s, research by the Center for Integrated Faculty Engineering (CIFE) during the last two decades on Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design & Construction, research by Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects(CRGP) over the last decade on innovative approaches for financing and governance of infrastructure projects, and ongoing research on new ways to measure and promote sustainability in buildings and infrastructure and on sensor and control networks to optimize the operation of interconnected intelligent buildings and infrastructure in a new “smart built environment”.

Stanford Data Science Initiative

The Stanford Data Science Initiative (SDSI) is a university-wide organization focused on core data technologies with strong ties to application areas across campus. SDSI comprises methods research, infrastructure, and education.

Stanford Decisions and Ethics Center

The Stanford Decisions and Ethics Center has been pioneering Decision Analysis research since the 60s. The goal of the center is to promote research on decision analysis, voluntary social systems, and ethical analysis.

Stanford Experimental Data Center Lab Affiliates Program

The Stanford Experimental Data Center Lab affiliates program welcomes industry partners interested in developing and deploying networking, computing and storage technologies. Our group focuses on the architecture of future data center networks, scalable DRAM-based storage, massive server virtualization, and cloud computing.

Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL)

The Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL) researches advanced algorithms and analytical methods for the design of robust decision making systems. Of particular interest are systems for air traffic control, unmanned aircraft, and other aerospace applications where decisions must be made in uncertain, dynamic environments while maintaining safety and efficiency. Research at SISL focuses on efficient computational methods for deriving optimal decision strategies from high-dimensional, probabilistic problem representations.

Stanford Nano Center

The SNC shared facilities include some of the most advanced nanoscale patterning and characterization equipment available, complementing the nearby Stanford Nanocharacterization Lab (SNL) and Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF). The new facilities have been built to meet cutting-edge requirements on the control of vibration, acoustics, electromagnetic interference, light, and cleanliness that are essential for the nanoscale instrumentation.

Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory (SNL)

The Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory (SNL) provides modern facilities for the characterization of materials. It is a sister facility to the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) and the Stanford Nano Center (SNC). The instruments are available for all qualified users in the Stanford community, and for Stanford collaborators both locally and globally. Our mission is to provide high quality, useful data and insight for as wide a range of users as possible. We have several types of high-resolution microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, and surface science analytical instruments.

Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF)

SNF serves academic, industrial, and governmental researchers across the U.S. in areas ranging from optics, MEMS, biology, and chemistry, to traditional electronics device fabrication and process characterization. The SNF is a 10,000 sq.ft. class 100 cleanroom facility that provides researchers with effective and efficient access to advanced nanofabrication equipment and expertise. The SNF is a member of the 13-university National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network funded by NSF and user fees to provide nanotechnology resources to users across the country. The SNF welcomes researchers from any discipline who wish to explore the uses of nanofabrication technology in their work.

Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC)

The Stanford Photonics Research Center builds strategic partnerships between the Stanford University research community and companies employing optics and photonics in their commercial activities. SPRC offers member companies facilitated access to Stanford faculty, students, and researchers via faculty-led Working Groups, SPRC workshops and symposia, research project collaborations and visiting researcher programs.

Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, a division of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, is operated by Stanford for the Department of Energy. SSRL is a National User Facility which provides synchrotron radiation, a name given to X-rays produced by electrons circulating in a storage ring at nearly the speed of light. These extremely bright X-rays can be used to investigate various forms of matter ranging from objects of atomic and molecular size to man-made materials with unusual properties. The obtained information and knowledge is of great value to society, with impact in areas such as the environment, future technologies, health, and education. SSRL is primarily supported by the DOE Offices of Basic Energy Sciences and Biological and Environmental Research, with additional support from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources, Biomedical Technology Program, and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Stanford SystemX Alliance

The Stanford SystemX Alliance is a collaboration between Stanford University and member industrial firms to produce world-class research and Ph.D. graduates with a view to enabling truly ubiquitous sensing, computing and communication with embedded intelligence. Previously known as the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), SystemX emphasizes application-driven, system-oriented research. Its areas of interest include hardware and software at all levels of the system stack from materials and devices to systems and applications in electronics, networks, energy, mobility, bio-interfaces, sensors, and other real-world domains. SystemX Focus Areas, Ph.D. fellowships, and knowledge exchange programs draw on the unique strengths of the university and industry to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of both.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)

Hosted by the department of Management Science & Engineering, STVP is the entrepreneurship center within the School of Engineering. STVP is dedicated to accelerating technology entrepreneurship education and scholarly research that benefits Stanford students, the larger Silicon Valley ecosystem, and a worldwide audience of engineers, scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs.

Through a comprehensive offering of courses, STVP provides undergraduate and graduate students from all majors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to create and leverage innovations to solve problems. Our research efforts tackle the challenges of creating successful ventures and innovative large firms, and then delivering that knowledge to the classroom and through publication. STVP's outreach programs include international conferences on entrepreneurship education, global partnerships with leading universities, and Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner which provides free access to thousands of videos and podcasts from our DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics and decision-makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet. In the same spirit that inspired Stanford’s role in Silicon Valley’s high-tech revolution, the Woods Institute is pioneering innovative approaches to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century " from climate change to sustainable food supplies to ocean conservation.

The Stanford Woods Institute carries out its mission by:
• Sponsoring research that will lead to new solutions to global environmental sustainability issues.
• Infusing science into policies and practices of the business, government and NGO communities.
• Developing strong environmental leaders for today and the future.
• Serving as a catalyst and a hub for the university’s interdisciplinary work in environmental research, education, and action.

Structures and Composites Laboratory

Research encompasses design, manufacturing, and analysis of structures with new materials and with built-in sensors, actuators, electronics, and processors to enhance structural performance, functionality, durability, reliability, and reparability. Topics include design of multi-functional material systems and structures for self-diagnosis, self-sensing, damage control and repair, damage tolerance and design of composite structures, and modeling and simulation of advanced structures. Target applications range from space and aircraft structures, civil infrastructures, to biomedical structural devices. The laboratory is providing new technologies, design methods, tools, data, and prototypes for making high-efficiency and high-performance multi-functional structures.

Systems Optimization Laboratory (SOL)

Systems Optimization Laboratory (SOL) carries on a synergy program of algorithmic development, model formulation, software production, and theoretical research in the area of large-scale mathematical programming and optimization. SOL software is widely distributed and is also used in many application packages arising in areas such as finance, design, and online control.

Tang Lab for Microfluidics, Soft Matter and Bioengineering

We are a group of experimentalists dedicated to solving problems at the interface of engineering, soft matter, and biology! The tool we use is microfluidics. Applications of our work include biochemical sensing and diagnostics, water and energy sustainability.

The Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

The Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (EFML) is home to research conducted in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology (EFMH) Program. Research in the lab is focused on turbulence and mixing in natural water bodies and particularly the near-coastal environment; stratified flows in lakes, reservoirs, estuaries and coastal seas; physical-biological interactions in coastal and estuarine flows; sedimentation in reservoirs; and sediment transport in watersheds, lakes and estuaries.

The EFML has three major experimental research facilities and a set of smaller facilities. The major facilities include two large wave-current flumes and a stratified flow tank for studying internal gravity waves. Research using the two large wave-current flumes can document flows over coral reefs, kelp forests and sea-grass, reflecting the ever-growing interest in biological fluid mechanics in the EFML, which is now regarded as a national leader in biological fluid mechanics for environmental flows. The laboratory has state-of-the-art laboratory-scale measurement capabilities, including PIV (particle image velocimetry), PLIF (planar laser-induced fluorescence), laser-Doppler anemometry and acoustic-Doppler velocimetry.

The EFML is also home to state-of-the-art field instrumentation used to understand numerous complex environmental flows, such as waves breaking over coral reefs, mixing and transport in kelp forests and sea grass canopies, internal gravity waves in lakes and coastal seas, and sediment transport in lakes and estuaries. Instrumentation is available to measure currents and turbulence with ADCPs (acoustic Doppler current profilers) and ADVs (acoustic Doppler velocimeters); temperature and salinity with thermistors and CTD sensors (conductivity, temperature, depth); suspended sediment concentrations with OBSs (optical backscatter sensors), a LISST (Laser In Situ Scattering and Transmissometer) and an automated water sampler; and real-time imaging of fish behavior with the ARIS (Adaptive Resolution Imaging Sonar). The EFML is also home to an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) that is used to obtain spatial distributions of currents and temperature to augment the instrumentation that measures time series of fluid properties at fixed points in space.

The EFML also supports field studies of hydrometeorologic and ecohydrologic processes and fluxes using meteorological stations, evaporation pans, throughfall collectors, portable streamflow flumes and weirs, soil moisture sensors, piezometers, pressure loggers and sediment traps.

Reflecting a substantial interest in computing environmental flows, the EFML is home to the Peter A. McCuen Environmental Computing Center, which houses a 320-core cluster.

The Loft

The inspiration for STEM is the "Design for the Other 90% Movement,” which consists of engineers, designers, scientists, technologists, architects, and mathematicians engaged in designing low-cost innovative solutions for large portion of the world’s population who do not have access to basic services and products.

The ME310 Design Team Development Loft

Students in ME310 take on real world design challenges brought forth by corporate partners. Unlike many other academic engineering projects, which require students to optimize one variable, students must design a complete system while being mindful of not only the primary function but also the usability, desirability, and societal implications. Throughout one academic year, student teams prototype and test many of their design concepts and in the end create a full proof-of-concept system that demonstrates their ideas.

Thermal & Fluid Sciences Affiliates (TFSA)

The TFSA Program is the industrial liaison program of the Flow Physics & Computational Engineering and Thermosciences Groups of the Mechanical Engineering Department. The program is administered at the faculty level and emphasizes person-to-person communications between Stanford faculty and the industrial representatives. This is the first point of contact for many companies that develop more extensive research collaborations with the faculty.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

The mission of the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is to develop and promote electricity and transportation technologies and policies for an energy future that is environmentally sustainable, secure, affordable and abundant.

Unsteady Flow Physics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory

The research areas of current focus include turbulence simulations, compressible shear flows, transition in boundary layers, aeroacoustics, jet noise, turbine blade heat transfer, aircraft vortex wakes and condensation trails, and numerical methods. Computational techniques are developed and used to study the fluid dynamics of a variety of problems.

US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC)

US-ATMC is a project-based education and research center with focus on practical perspectives in international technology management and analysis of international research trends in selected areas of advanced electronics and information technology. Emphasis is on education, research, and outreach about high-tech industries in Asia, including Japan, and their impact on the U.S. science & technology community. Education and outreach programs include seminars and lecture series, videoconferences, and Internet-based dissemination of Asian scientific and technical information. The US-ATMC supports research into topics such as technology transfer, new product development, intellectual property management, global R&D, and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and emerging market growth. Technical areas have included optoelectronics, nanoelectronics, system-on-chip integration, and related software development.

Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)

The Automotive Innovation Facility houses the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) which offers a state of the art vehicle research facility where interdisciplinary teams can work on projects that move vehicle technology forward. High-profile Stanford projects accommodated in the building comprise research on drive-by-wire and driver assistance systems research by the Dynamic Design Lab of Chris Gerdes, including Shelley, the vehicle that raced up Pikes Peak without a driver in 2010; research vehicles from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab that use deep learning and computer vision to automate the driving process; research on the interaction of drivers with vehicles in a state-of-the-art driving simulator that was implemented in 2013; and the Stanford Solar Car Project that designs, builds and operates the vehicles competing in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. In order to improve safety, sustainability, performance, and enjoyment of automobiles, the Automotive Innovation Facility provides a place for researchers to test new ideas in real vehicles. VAIL is located towards the western end of Stanford Campus, at the corner of Stock Farm and Oak Road.