Aeronautics & Astronautics Department

Aerospace Engineering is an engineering discipline which is primarily concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. It was earlier known as aeronautical engineering, but as flight technology advanced to include outer space vehicles, the broader term “aerospace engineering” has come into common use. Flight vehicle components are subjected to adverse conditions such as those caused by changes in the atmospheric pressure and temperature.

Aerospace engineering addresses the integration of all components that constitute an aerospace vehicle and its lifecycle. Stanford’s aerospace engineering department is one of the renowned departments in the world with six Guggenheim medal recipients. Stanford School of Engineering has churned out 11 percent of USA's Ph.D. graduates in aeronautics and astronautics.

The department offers

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Master of Science (MS) without a thesis in Aeronautics and Astronautic
  • Degree of Engineer, Post MS Program which requires an additional year of study beyond the master's degree and includes a research thesis and a Ph.D. program.

Aeronautics & Astronautics Department ranked 1st in the US according to the US News.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Computational Structural Dynamics
  • Guidance, Navigation & Control, (inc GPS & Aerosp. Robotics)
  • Spaceflight Dynamics
  • Acoustics and Aeroacoustics
  • Spacecraft Formation - Flying and Spacecraft Design
  • Meteor Scatters
  • Extreme Environment Electronics
  • Radar Reflections
  • Composite Materials, Smart Materials and Smart Structures
  • Aerodynamics, Aeroelasticity and Aircraft Design
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, Propulsion, and Turbulence
  • Autonomy

List of Labs:

  • Space and Systems Development Laboratory
  • Xiaolin Zheng Rese; Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL)
  • King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
  • Space Environment and Satellite Systems (SESS) Laboratory
  • Aerospace Robotics Laboratory (ARL)
  • Unsteady Flow Physics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory
  • Multi-robot Systems Lab
  • Aero Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Farhat Research Group (FRG)
  • EXtreme Environment Microsystems (XLab)
  • Aerospace Computing Lab (ACL)
  • Space Rendezvous Laboratory (SLAB)
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics and Design Group (AADG)
  • Aerospace Design Laboratory (ADL)
  • Stanford Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence; GPS Laboratory
  • Structures and Composites Laboratory
  • Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL)
  • Flow Physics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory

Bioengineering Department

Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field which relies on the application of principles of biology and the tools of engineering to create usable, practical and economically viable products. It also employs knowledge and expertise from a number of pure and applied sciences field. Bioengineering attempts to either mimic biological systems to create products or modify and control biological systems so that they may perform better. It finds its application in modern medicine and other real-world problems. Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering is committed to advancing bioengineering as a fundamental discipline of engineering.
The department offers:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Bioengineering
  • MD Scholarly Concentration in Bioengineering
  • MS/MBA Program (an MBA at the Graduate School of Business and an MS in Bioengineering.)
  • MD/PhD in Bioengineering
  • JD/MS/PhD Program
  • JD degree combined with an MS degree in Bioengineering
  • JD combined with a PhD in Bioengineering
  • Master of Science in Bioengineering

Chemical Engineering Department

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that utilizes principles of pure and applied sciences in order to efficiently transform energy and materials. In other words, we can say that chemical engineering uses chemistry and engineering to turn raw products into usable products like medicine, petrochemicals, and plastics. This discipline also provides an unparalleled opportunity in the field of research. It finds its application in a wide range of industries such as chemical, oil, energy, pharmaceuticals, electronic device fabrication, and biotechnology.

The department offers:

  • Chemical Engineering Undergraduate program (CHEME - BS, BSH, or MIN)
  • Coterminal Bachelor’s
  • Master’s programs in Chemical Engineering

The department offers a part-time HCP (Honors Cooperative Program) in Chemical Engineering which is available completely online and is offered only to external applicants. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Catalysis
  • Transport Processes
  • Polymer Science
  • Colloid science
  • Surface Reactivity
  • Bioinformatics
  • Organic Electronics
  • Energy Science

List of Labs:

  • Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC)
  • Center for Interface Science and Catalysis (SUNCAT)
  • TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP)

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

The Civil and Environment Engineering Department of the university works with the aim to advance education and research in the engineering of built and natural environments while keeping in mind the larger goal of long-term sustainability. The university uses technologies from various disciplines like Materials Science, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Computing and so on to understand how can constructions for housing, transportation, hydraulic and energy systems, etc., be built in the best manner possible.

The department offers undergraduate programmes in:

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Honors programme
  • VPUE Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • Coterminal Master's
  • Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Atmosphere and Energy
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Structural Engineering and Geomechanics
    • Sustainable Design & Construction
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Coterminal MS Program (either MS/CEE or MS/Engineering)
  • Doctoral programmes in Civil Engineering. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Structural Engineering and Geomechanics
  • Atmosphere/Energy
  • Sustainable Design Construction
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology

List of Labs (Civil):

  • Stanford Construction Institute
  • Global Projects Center (GPC)
  • Project-Based Learning Laboratory (PBL)
  • National Performance of Dams Project (NPDP)
  • Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE)
  • Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness (CSDGC)
  • John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
  • The Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Blume Center: Earthquake Engineering Affiliates
  • The Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab (S3L)
  • Environmental Informatics Group
  • Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Codiga Resources Recovery Center (CR2C)
  • Environmental Engineering and Science Lab (EESL)
  • Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP)
  • Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)

Computer Science 

Computer science is a discipline which studies theory of computation and the practice of designing software systems. As a discipline, it spans a range of topics from theoretical studies of algorithms and the limits of computation to the practical issues of implementing computing systems in hardware and software. 

Stanford University’s computer science department is a part of the school of engineering. Founded in 1965, the department of computer science is a center for research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its main educational goal is to prepare students for research and teaching careers either in universities or in the industry.

The department offers degrees such as:

  •  Bachelor or Science
  • Master of Science
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biocomputation
    • Computer and Network Security
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Information Management and Analytics
    • Mobile and Internet Computing
    • Real-World Computing
    • Software Theory
    • Systems
    • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Honors Co-op Program
  • Joint CS MS/Law Degree
  • Joint CS MS/MBA Degree
  • Doctor of philosophy along with Joint CS MS/Law Degree
  • Joint CS MS/MBA Degree
  • Joint CS PhD/Law

Areas of Expertise:

  • Networks
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biocomputation
  • Computer Security and Cryptography
  • Geometric Computing
  • Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing
  • Computational Linguistics & Speech
  • Computer Architecture & VLSI
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Graphics & Visualization
  • Formal Methods and Tools
  • Operating Systems & Distributed Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Programming Systems & Language
    Human-Computer Interaction
  • Data Science
  • Algorithms & Combinatorial Optimization
  • Database Systems
  • Theory of Computation

List of Labs:

  • Brains in Silicon
  • Computer Systems Laboratory (CSL)
  • Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL)
  • Security Lab
  • Open Networking Research Center
  • Computer Graphics Laboratory


Electrical engineering is a core engineering discipline concerned with the study, design, and application of equipment, devices, and systems which use electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. Principles of this discipline find their applications in a wide range of industries. 
The Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford is the largest department within the school of engineering, with 62 active faculty and more than 1,000 Ph.D., MS and BS students. Out of these 62 active faculties, 24 are affiliated with other departments including computer science, statistics, materials science & engineering, aeronautics, earth sciences, and radiology.

The programs offered by the university include:

  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Electrical Engineering
  • Full-Time Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Coterminal Master’s and Bachelor’s Program
  • Joint EE MS/MBA
  • JD/EE MS programs

Areas of Expertise:

  • Graphics, HCI, Computer Vision, Photography
  • Environmental and Remote Sensing:
    • Sensor nets
    • Radar systems
    • Space
  • Control, Learning, and Optimization
  • Communication Systems:
    • Wireless
    • Optical
    • Wireline
  • Integrated Circuit design:
    • MEMs
    • Sensors
    • Analog
    • RF
  • Nano, Quantum Science and Engineering; Electronic, Photonic and Magnetic Devices
  • Fields and Waves
  • Energy:
    • Solar cells
    • Smart grid
    • Load control
  • Network Systems and Science:
    • Next-gen internet
    • Wireless networks
  • Biomedical Devices and Bioimaging
  • Information Theory and Coding:
    • Image and data compression
    • Denoising
  • Systems Hardware:
    • Architecture
    • VLSI
    • Embedded systems
  • Systems Software:
    • OS
    • Compilers
    • Languages
  • Nanofabrication Science and Technology
  • Web Applications, Data Management, Security/Privacy

List of Labs:

  • Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF)
  • Nonvolatile Memory Technology Research Initiative (MNTRI)
  • US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC)
  • Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC)
  • Stanford Center for Societal Networks
    Information Systems Laboratory (ISL)
  • Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Laboratory (MRSRL)
  • Stanford Data Science Initiative
  • Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory (ELG)
  • Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICL)
  • Pervasive Parallelism Lab (PPL)
  • Stanford SystemX Alliance
  • Stanford Experimental Data Center Lab Affiliates Program
  • Nano-Photonics Laboratory
  • Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN)
  • Stanford Computer Forum Affiliates Program
  • Stanford Compression Forum
  • Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory

Management Science and Engineering

The Department of Management Science and Engineering leads at the interface of engineering, business, and public policy. This department was formed after the merging of the three existing departments of operations research, engineering management, and engineering-economic systems. Stanford’s Management Science and Engineering Department is one of the most respected management science and engineering departments in the world. The department’s mission is to advance design, management, operation and interaction of technological, economic and social systems through education and research.

The department provides undergraduate programs in:

  • Management Science and Engineering with majors and minors, coterminal BA/BS and MS programme,
  • MS in Management Science and Engineering 
    • Financial Analytics
    • Operations and Analytics
    • Technology and Engineering Management
    • Computational Social Science
    • Decision Analysis and Risk Analysis
    • Energy and Environment
    • Health Systems Modeling
  • PhD in Management Science and Engineering
  • PhD minor in Management Science and Engineering
  • HCP (Part-Time MS) Management Science and Engineering
  • Dual and Joint  MS Degree programmes.

Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford provides a core curriculum in materials science and engineering fundamentals and leading-edge independent research. The open, flexible environment coupled with the breadth of materials-related research at Stanford and the Bay Area leads to a fantastic array of materials research opportunities. It is one of the department’s top priorities to keep on attracting the best and brightest students from around the world.

The department offers an undergraduate program in MSE with majors and minors, coterminal master’s. The department’s undergraduate program ranked in the top five of U.S. News and World Report's annual comparison of U.S. materials engineering programs. The graduate programs offered by the department are Materials of Science (MS) in MSE, Engineer degree in MSE, Ph.D. in MSE.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • Polymeric, Macromolecular, and Biomaterials
  • Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Characterization
  • Nano-materials

Mechanical Engineering 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s core mission is to address the most pressing needs of human society, with a particular emphasis on the fields of energy, transportation, and health. Faculty members in Stanford’s Department of Mechanical Engineering work in five major research groups that reflect the department’s focus and methodologies. Much of the department’s research is multidisciplinary. The department traces its origin to the founding of Stanford University as a school that was both academically rigorous and practically oriented aspiring to produce cultured and useful citizens.

The department provides an undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering with majors and minors, Coterminal Master’s programs, MS in Mechanical Engineering, Part-time MS program, Engineer degree - Post MS Program, a doctoral program in Mechanical Engineering.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Solid Mechanics, and Materials Science
  • Design
  • Thermal Sciences
  • Nanoscale Sciences
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing

List of Labs:

  • Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory (BDML)
  • Computational Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Chaudhuri Lab for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Internal Combustion Engine Lab
  • Alex Tung Memorial Assistive Technology Laboratory at Stanford; d'Arbeloff Undergraduate Research and Teaching Lab
  • Center for Design Research (CDR)
  • Design Research Laboratory
  • designX Lab
  • Flow Physics and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Group
  • Bio-inspired Research and Design (BIRD) Lab/Lentink lab
  • Center for Turbulence Research
  • Heat Transfer and Turbulence Mechanics Lab (HTTM)
  • Tang Lab for Microfluidics, Soft Matter and Bioengineering
  • Fuel Cells Consortium
  • Heterogeneous Combustion Lab
  • Advanced Energy Systems Lab
  • The Loft; Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL)
  • SHAPE Lab
  • Biomotion Research Group (BRG)
  • Nanomaterials Synthesis Lab
  • Advanced Laser Diagnostics and Shock Tube Lab
  • Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC)
  • NanoHeat Lab
  • Reiner H. Dauskardt Research Group
  • Dynamic Design Lab (DDL)
  • Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (
  • NanoEnergy Lab
  • Engine Research Lab
  • Mechanical Testing Lab
  • Innovation Acceleration Lab
  • OtoBiomechanics Group at Stanford
  • Thermal & Fluid Sciences Affiliates (TFSA)
  • Microscale Thermal and Mechanical Characterization Lab (MTMC)
  • Collaborative Haptics And Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Modeling Lab (MML)
  • IRIS Design Lab: Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainable Design
  • Micro Structures and Sensors Lab
  • Plasma Physics Lab
  • NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Microfluidics Lab
  • Stanford Microsystems Laboratory
  • BioMotion Research Laboratory
  • Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (RPL)
  • Advanced Propulsion Lab
  • Spray Combustion Lab
  • Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)
  • Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Engineering (UQLAB)
  • Mechanical Engineering Design Group
  • High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory (HTGL)
  • Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program
  • Smart Product Design Laboratory (SPDL)
  • Product Realization Laboratory
  • Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)
  • The ME310 Design Team Development Loft
  • Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)
  • Designing Education Lab (DEL)

Pure Sciences 

The Department of Chemistry focuses on the following areas of research -

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Chemistry-Biology Interface
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Catalysis

The programs offered by the department are the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Coterminal Master’s program, and doctoral program in Chemistry.

The Physics Department at the university under the School of Humanities and Sciences provides  Physics majors and minors, Astronomy minors, and other concentrations, and a Ph.D. destination program. 

The Department of Biology offers:

  • BS in Biology
  • Coterminal Master’s program
  • Ph.D. program in Biology

The research areas of the department include

  • Behavior
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Population Biology

The Department of Mathematics provides undergraduate majors and minors in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics. 

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