Research & Impact
Stanford’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) works in four major research areas: computational engineering, design, sustainability, and human health. Our research philosophy is simple: Push the limits of the possible — the ultra-efficient and most sustainable, the fully autonomous and super-controlled, the bioinspired and maximally enduring.
ME Research Areas
Important multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities within Mechanical Engineering’s three research themes employ a range of methodologies — design thinking, multiscale modeling, physics-based simulation, control systems, and artificial intelligence — to the study of the nanoscale to complex living and mechanical systems. See where you fit in.
Two ME Faculty receive National Science Foundation CAREER Award
The grants support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.Read the article
"Catie Cuan used to be a professional dancer. But now that she’s getting a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford, she’s dancing with a new partner: robots. She’s designing robots to move in a way that’s less threatening for humans in an emerging field called choreorobotics."Listen to Catie's Interview
Mechanical Engineering Labs & Centers
Unparalleled hands-on and theoretical research opportunities await in Mechanical Engineering labs and centers. Each day we engage great minds to make an impact on our world.
News & Ideas
Pushing the limits of what’s possible: Explore the latest ideas coming out of our labs. See the impact of this important research on the world around us.