Labs and Centers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.