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Advanced Energy Systems Lab

C.F. Edwards

Advanced Laser Diagnostics and Shock Tube Lab

Ron Hanson

Advanced Propulsion Lab

C. Tom Bowman

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. Located in Building 550, Room 134

Drew Nelson with Dave Jaffe

Assistive Robotics and Manipulation Laboratory (ARM)

ARM’s focus is the development of robotic assistants (mobile manipulators and humanoids) with the goal of deployment for service tasks that may be highly dynamic and require dexterity, situational awareness and human-robot collaboration.

ARM
Monroe Kennedy III

Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory (BDML)

Modeling and control of dextrous manipulation with robotic and teleoperated hands; force and tactile feedback in telemanipulation and virtual environments. Located at Building 02-660 Rm 132.

Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory (BDML)
Mark Cutkosky

BioMotion Research Laboratory

A unique multidisciplinary facility focused on osteoarthritis and the mechanics of sports injury through studies that examine the interactions between the biomechanics of movement, joint structure, cell biology and clinical medicine.

BioMotion Research Laboratory
Tom Andriacchi

Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)

CARS’ mission is to discover, build and deploy the critical ideas and innovations for the next generation of cars and drivers.

Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)
Chris Gerdes

Center for Design Research (CDR)

A community of scholars focused on understanding and augmenting engineering design innovation and design education.

Center for Design Research (CDR)
Larry Leifer

Center for Turbulence Research (CTR)

Center for Turbulence Research (CTR)

Chaudhuri Lab for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

Chaudhuri Lab for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Ovijit Chaudhuri

Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab (CHARM Lab)

Developing principles and tools to realize advanced robotic and human-machine systems capable of haptic (touch) interaction.

Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab (CHARM Lab)
Allison Okamura

Computational Biomechanics Laboratory

Computational Biomechanics Laboratory
Ellen Kuhl

d’Arbeloff Undergraduate Research and Teaching Lab

Bldg 520, Room 145. In this unique facility, the ME Department holds undergraduate project-based classes, and offers our students the opportunity to build and collaborate.

d’Arbeloff Undergraduate Research and Teaching Lab (Intranet)

Darve Research Group

Prof. Darve's focus is on numerical linear algebra (fast linear solvers, fast QR factorization, eigenvalue solvers, applications in geoscience and electric power grid), physics-informed machine learning (inverse modeling using PhysML, auto-encoders, GAN for uncertainty in predictive and inverse modeling, Kriging and statistical inversing, applications in geoscience, fluid mechanics and computational mechanics), anomaly detection (GAN-based algorithms, self-supervised machine learning, applications with Ford and SLAC linear accelerator), reinforcement learning for engineering applications (optimal control, application in 3D metal printing).

Eric Darve

designX Lab

A pan-disciplinary research community dedicated to graduate-level research in the larger subjects of design education, design innovation, design methodology, particularly from a user-centric perspective.

designX Lab
Larry Leifer

Designing Education Lab (DEL)

Investigating 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.

Designing Education Lab (DEL)
Sheri Sheppard

Dynamic Design Lab (DDL)

Vehicle dynamics, design of x-by-wire systems, driver assistance systems and control of homogeneous charge compression ignition engines. The primary lab space is located in the Mechanical Engineering Research Lab (MERL), Room 130.

Dynamic Design Lab (DDL)
Chris Gerdes

Design Research Laboratory

The Design Research Laboratory provides for the investigation of the design process by observing teams of designers in situ.

Design Research Laboratory
Larry Leifer

Eaton Lab

We conduct basic and applied research in complex turbulent flows motivated by problems in a variety of areas including gas turbine cooling, volcanic eruptions, renewable energy systems, cardiovascular diseases, and atmospheric dispersion of contaminants. 

John Eaton

 

The Flow Physics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory (FPAL)

It is our goal to advance the state of the art in computational and theoretical fluid dynamics, with a particular emphasis on problems of practical interest to mechanical and aerospace engineers, including high-speed propulsion, aircraft noise, wind energy, and inertial confinement fusion.

The Flow Physics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory (FPAL)
Sanjiva Lele

Gu Lab

We are an experimental group that uses tools from mechanics and materials science to develop advanced materials and manufacturing processes. 

Gu Research Group
Wendy Gu

Heterogeneous Combustion Lab

R.E. Mitchell

High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)

The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at Stanford University is an entirely self sustaining academic service center run primarily by undergraduate students. Through this Center, undergraduate students get an intensive learning experience and have the opportunity to work on production HPC systems, which has a significant positive impact on their future careers.

HPCC
Steve Jones, Director

High Temperature Gasdynamics Lab (HTGL)

The HTGL houses research on high temperature, high speed and reacting flows. The lab includes several shock tubes for study of both high-speed flows and reaction kinetics, a supersonic combustion wind tunnel, a large plasma torch, several high-vacuum chambers, a research furnace, several smaller combustion facilities and extensive laser-diagnostics capabilities.

High Temperature Gasdynamics Lab

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.

Larry Leifer

Ihme Group

Our research is concerned with the fundamental understanding, modeling, and experimental investigation of chemical reacting flows pertaining to energy conversion, energy storage, and propulsion.

Ihme Group
Matthias Ihme

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.

IRIS Design Lab: Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainable Design
Erin MacDonald

The Loft (Design Impact Program) - Building 610

A unique facility that represents the culture of innovation at Stanford, the Loft is the workspace for students in Stanford’s Design Impact Graduate Program.

Design Impact Program - The Loft

Magic Laboratory

Research in Magic Lab is focused primarily on two distinct areas, namely: (a) chemical reactions for sustainable energy; (b) optical imaging at atomic scales.

Magic Lab
Arun Majumdar

Mani Research Lab

We are interested in fluid dynamic processes that involve strong coupling with mass transport and commonly involve turbulence and chaos. Our goal is to develop simple understanding of such processes that enables development of predictive models appropriate for design optimization and engineering analysis

Mani Research Lab
Ali Mani

Mayalu Lab

The Mayalu Lab is a newly established group starting Spring 2022.  The Mayalu Lab research objective is to investigate how to optimize biomedical therapeutic designs using theoretical and computational approaches coupled with experiments. The experimental projects in the Mayalu Lab utilize established techniques borrowed from the field of synthetic biology to develop synthetic genetic circuits in E. coli to make bacterial "microrobots". Ultimately, the Mayalu Lab aims to develop accurate and efficient modeling frameworks that incorporate computation, dynamical systems, and control theory that will become more widespread and impactful in the design of electro-mechanical and biological therapeutic machines.

Mayalu Lab
Michaëlle N. Mayalu

The ME310 Design Team Development Loft

Globally distributed product development teams working on corporate projects are assigned a desktop design station with internet video studio support.

The ME310 Design Team Development Loft (Bldg 550)
Larry Leifer

Micro and Nano Mechanics Group

Predicting mechanical strength of materials through theory and simulations of defect microstructures across atomic, mesoscopic and continuum scales; developing new atomistic simulation methods for long time-scale processes, such as crystal growth and self-assembly.

Micro and Nano Mechanics Group
Wei Cai

Microfluidics LabMicrofluidics Lab

Microfluidics Lab
Juan Santiago

Micro Structures and Sensors Lab

Leveraging silicon microfabrication techniques to create micro-devices that include ultra-stable timing references and high-performance sensors.

Micro Structures and Sensors Lab
Tom Kenny

NanoEnergy Lab

Theories and applications of nanoparticles and nanostructures for rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, combustion simulations and nanocatalysis.

NanoEnergy Lab
Hai Wang

NanoHeat Lab

Studying heat transfer in electronic nanostructures & packaging, microfluidic heats sincs and thermoelectric & photonic energy conversion devices.

NanoHeat Lab
Ken Goodson

Nanomaterials Synthesis Lab

Interfacial science among combustion, nanomaterials and energy conversion.

Nanomaterials Synthesis Lab
Xiaolin Zheng

Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory (NPL)

Creates, models and prototypes nanoscale structures to understand the physics of electrical energy conversion and storage.

Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory (NPL)
Fritz Prinz

NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

Combining experimental and computational approaches to study movement.

NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory
Scott Delp

Product Realization Laboratory (PRL)

A multi-site teaching facility with roots in ME and deep synergies with the Stanford Design Program and the d.school, where Stanford students design and create objects of lasting value. Located in Building 550, Room 102.

Product Realization Laboratory (PRL)
David Beach

SHAPE Lab

Developing advanced technologies in robotics, mechatronics and sensing to create interactive, dynamic, physical 3D displays and haptic interfaces that allow 3D information to be touched as well as seen.

SHAPE Lab
Sean Follmer

Smart Product Design Laboratory (SPDL)

Supports microprocessor application projects for ME218ABCD.

Smart Product Design Laboratory (SPDL)
Tom Kenny
Ed Carryer

Soft Intelligent Materials Laboratory

Our research focus is on the fundamental understanding and development of soft intelligent material systems employing stimuli-responsive materials. 

Soft Intelligent Materials Laboratory
Renee Zhao

Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)

Tissue biomechanics, mechanobiology and tissue engineering focused on musculoskeletal soft tissues.

Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)
Marc Levenston

Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Biodesign
Paul Yock

Stanford Biomechatronics Laboratory

Developing wearable robots to improve human mobility, using a combination of theory, design and experiment to improve stability and energy efficiency for individuals whose strength and coordination have been affected by amputation, stroke or aging. 

Stanford Biomechatronics Laboratory
Steve Collins

Stanford Micro Structures and Sensors Lab (SMSSL)

Developing and fabricating novel mechanical structures and researching non-classical phenomena exhibited by micro-structures.

Stanford Micro Structures and Sensors Lab (SMSSL)
Tom Kenny (Design)

Soft Intelligent Materials Laboratory

Our research focus is on the fundamental understanding and development of soft intelligent material systems employing stimuli-responsive materials. 

Soft Intelligent Materials Laboratory
Renee Zhao

Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory
Juan Santiago

Tang Lab for Microfluidics, Soft Matter and Bioengineering

Tang Lab for Microfluidics, Soft Matter and Bioengineering
Sindy Tang

Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Engineering (UQLAB)

Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Engineering (UQLAB)
Gianluca Iaccarino

Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)

A state-of-the-art vehicle research facility where interdisciplinary teams work on projects that keep vehicle technology moving forward.

Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)
Chris Gerdes

Zheng Group

We are interested in design, synthesize, and test nanomaterials for energy and propulsion applications. Our applications area include solar energy conversion and storage, waste heat utilization, water purification, and fuel design for propulsion.

Zheng Group
Xiaolin Zheng