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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.

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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.

Jesse Streicher
PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Jesse Streicher

"When I was in fifth grade, I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, which hurt my confidence in my athletic abilities."

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Maria Holland
PhD ’17, Mechanical Engineering

Maria Holland

"Quilting is a great analogy for the research I do in computational biomechanics. Quilts are made up of a number of small squares of fabric. Ultimately, these squares come together to create a 'bigger picture.'"

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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.