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Labs and Centers

Advanced Energy Systems Lab

Advanced Laser Diagnostics and Shock Tube Lab

Advanced Propulsion Lab

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

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.

Bio-inspired Research and Design (BIRD) Lab / Lentinklab

The lab's mission is to improve our understanding of how birds fly, to develop better flying robots.

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.

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 Design Research (CDR)

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

Center for Turbulence Research (CTR)

Chaudhuri Lab for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

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.

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.

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.

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.

Design Research Laboratory

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

Heterogeneous Combustion Lab

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.

The ME310 Design Team Development Loft - Building 550

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

Microfluidics LabMicrofluidics Lab

Micro Structures and Sensors Lab

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

NanoEnergy Lab

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

NanoHeat Lab

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

Nanomaterials Synthesis Lab

Interfacial science among combustion, nanomaterials and energy conversion.

Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory (NPL)

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

NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

Combining experimental and computational approaches to study movement.

Product Realization Laboratory (PRL)

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


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.

Smart Product Design Laboratory (SPDL)

Supports microprocessor application projects for ME218ABCD.

Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)

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

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 Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory

Stanford Micro Structures and Sensors Lab (SMSSL)

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

Stanford Plasma Physics Laboratory

Tang Lab for Microfluidics, Soft Matter and Bioengineering

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.