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Design Group

Design Group

The Design Group emphasizes cognitive skill development for creative design. Interests include automatic control, creativity, design research, fatigue and fracture mechanics, human factors, manufacturing systems, micro-electromechanics systems (MEMS), robotics, and vehicle dynamics.  Design offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Product Design and is centrally involved with Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (

Flow Physics and Computational Engineering

Flow physics

FPCE is developing new theories, models, and computational tools for engineering design analysis and control of physical phenomena in engineering systems.  Applications include aerodynamics, electronics cooling, environment engineering, materials processing, planetary entry, propulsion and power systems.

Mechanics and Computation Group

Mechanics and computational group
Mechanics and Computation covers theoretical and applied mechanics, continuum mechanics, finite element analysis, and computational simulation. It includes modeling, experiment, and simulation of nanotechnology, microsystems, living systems, machines, and engineering structures.


Thermosciences Group

Thermosciences Group

The Thermosciences Group conducts experimental and analytical research on both fundamental and applied topics in the general area of thermal and fluid systems. Research motivation comes from applications including air-breathing and space propulsion, bioanalytical systems, pollution control, electronics fabrication and cooling, stationary and mobile energy systems, biomedical systems, and materials processing.

Biomechanical Engineering

BME teaching and research focuses primarily on musculoskeletal biomechanics, neuromuscular biomechanics, cardiovascular biomechanics, and rehabilitation engineering. Research on hearing, ocean, plant, and vision biomechanics are conducted in collaboration with faculty in biology, engineering, and medicine.

Center for Design Research

Center for Design Research

CDR's scholar community focuses on engineering design innovation practice and education, facilitating individual creativity, team design process, and developing advanced tools and methods that promote superior design and manufacturing of products. Researchers develop concepts and technical solutions for design thinking, concurrent engineering, distributed collaborative design, and design knowledge re-use.

Center for Turbulence Research

Center for Turbulence Research

The Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) is a research consortium for fundamental study of turbulent flows. It is jointly operated by Stanford University and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II Center

Predictive Science

The overall objective of the Stanford's PSAAP Center is the Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties (QMU) of an air-breathing hypersonic vehicle with a special focus on the prediction of off-design, transient conditions and their associated failure modes. The Center focuses on the unstart phenomenon (sudden engine stall) due to thermal choking in the HyShot II scramjet.