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Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Army High Performance Computing Research Center
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCharbel Farhat and his Research Group (FRG) develop mathematical models, advanced computational algorithms, and high-performance software for the design and analysis of complex systems in aerospace, marine, mechanical, and naval engineering. They contribute major advances to Simulation-Based Engineering Science. Current engineering foci in research are on the nonlinear aeroelasticity and flight dynamics of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) with flexible flapping wings and N+3 aircraft with High Aspect Ratio (HAR) wings, layout optimization and additive manufacturing of wing structures, supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for Mars landing, and underwater acoustics. Current theoretical and computational emphases in research are on high-performance, multi-scale modeling for the high-fidelity analysis of multi-physics problems, high-order embedded boundary methods, uncertainty quantification, and efficient model-order reduction for time-critical applications such as design and active control.
Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering
BioDr. Rainer Fasching is a technology executive and a consulting associate professor at Stanford University, where he teaches advanced electrochemical energy storage and sensor technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in electrochemical devices, micro fabrication technologies, and industrial product development. His work has been centered on the physics, materials and fabrication technologies of electrochemical systems such as sensors, batteries and associated materials, and fuel cells. Currently he has been leading the development of advanced energy storage technologies from concept to product at top tier startup companies. He holds over 30 issued and/or published patents and has authored more than 60 publications.
Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, admitted Autumn 2014
Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Autumn 2017
Ph.D. Minor, Mathematics
BioLin Fan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.
Research Area: statistics, applied probability, applications in finance and operations research
Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, admitted Autumn 2013
BioChris is a design professional, design educator, and design researcher in the areas of both Architecture and Infrastructure design. He is interested in our imminent Urban Futures through the research and design of next-generation solutions for the built environment from a user-centered perspective.
Upon graduating with his Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University, Chris worked in the offices of Richard Meier & Partners (New York), Rick Joy Architects (Tucson) and Rob Paulus Architects (Tucson). Projects assisted or managed include residential (single and multi-family), commercial and infrastructural typologies.
After teaching as a lecturer at the University of Arizona, Chris joined the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska as fulltime faculty. He regularly taught undergraduate and graduate design studios including the NAAB Comprehensive Project, elective courses in Design Methodology and Modern Craft, and advised Design Thesis. In Spring 2013, Chris coordinated the "London | 2013" Program where his research prompted coursework on Hybridized Urban Infrastructures. In 2015, Chris resigned as a tenured Associate Professor to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Chris is currently a PhD Candidate at Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineering Design Group and is advised by Professor Larry Leifer, PhD. As a Research coordinator in the Stanford Center for Design Research, Chris spearheads a new initiative titled “Resilience Design Research” which uses Design Thinking as a research method for next-generation, resilient solutions for the built environment. This initiative includes research interests in both urban and suburban contexts.
Chris is engaged outside of Stanford through his role as founding Editorial Board member and Associate Editor for the Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD Journal), a new peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the ACSA. He also co-Chairs the Emerging Technology Committee within the ASCE's Infrastructure Resilience Division. Chris maintains memberships with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the San Francisco based non-profit SPUR to guarantee exposure to the practices of multiple disciplines. Chris is a licensed architect in the State of North Carolina.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Computer Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsHuman Computer Interaction, Haptics, Robotics, Human Centered Design