Stanford University

Stanford, California, United States

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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

  • list items Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • list items Master of Science (MS) without a thesis in Aeronautics and Astronautic
  • list items 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:

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

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

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

  • list items Chemical Engineering Undergraduate program (CHEME - BS, BSH, or MIN)
  • list items Coterminal Bachelor’s
  • list items 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:

  • list items Biotechnology
  • list items Computational Materials Science
  • list items Catalysis
  • list items Transport Processes
  • list items Polymer Science
  • list items Colloid science
  • list items Surface Reactivity
  • list items Bioinformatics
  • list items Organic Electronics
  • list items Energy Science
  • List of Labs:

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

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

  • list items Environmental Engineering and Science
  • list items Structural Engineering and Geomechanics
  • list items Atmosphere/Energy
  • list items Sustainable Design Construction
  • list items Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology
  • List of Labs (Civil):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • list items Solid Mechanics, and Materials Science
  • list items Design
  • list items Thermal Sciences
  • list items Nanoscale Sciences
  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Fluid Mechanics
  • list items Manufacturing
  • List of Labs:

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

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

  • list items Organic Chemistry
  • list items Inorganic Chemistry
  • list items Physical Chemistry
  • list items Theoretical Chemistry
  • list items Chemistry-Biology Interface
  • list items Materials Chemistry
  • list items 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:

  • list items BS in Biology
  • list items Coterminal Master’s program
  • list items Ph.D. program in Biology
  • The research areas of the department include

  • list items Behavior
  • list items Biochemistry
  • list items Biophysics
  • list items Cell Biology
  • list items Computational Biology
  • list items Conservation Biology
  • list items Developmental Biology
  • list items Ecology, Evolution
  • list items Genetics
  • list items Marine Biology
  • list items Microbiology
  • list items Molecular Biology
  • list items Neurobiology
  • list items Physiology
  • list items Plant Biology
  • list items Population Biology
  • The Department of Mathematics provides undergraduate majors and minors in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics. 

    List of Labs: Precourt Institute for Energy