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Current Research and Scholarly InterestsComparative Innovation Ecosystems; European Innovation System and Economy
Larry John Leifer
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur "designXlab" at the Stanford Center for Design Research (CDR) has long (30+ years) been focused on Engineering Design Team dynamics at global collaboration scale working with corporate partners in my graduate course ME310ABC. In our most recent studies we have added Neuroscience visualization of brain activity using fMRI and fNIRS. In doing so we have launched "NeuroDesign" as a professional discipline.
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Mechanical Engineering
BioProfessor Lele's research combines numerical simulations with modeling to study fundamental unsteady flow phemonema, turbulence, flow instabilities, and flow-generated sound. Recent projects include shock-turbulent boundary layer interactions, supersonic jet noise, wind turbine aeroacoustics, wind farm modeling, aircraft contrails, multi-material mixing and multi-phase flows involving cavitation. He is also interested in developing high-fidelity computational methods for engineering applications.
Senior Research Engineer
BioLentink's lab studies every aspect of biological flight as an inspiration for designing aerial robots. We focus on key biological questions which we probe with new engineering methods to find inspiration for aerial robots that can fly like animals. Our comparative biological flight research ranges from maple seeds, insects and bats to birds such as swifts, parrotlets, lovebirds, doves and a wide range of hummingbirds. For in-depth comparative biomechanics research we focus on bird flight. We use biofluid dynamics and other quantitative engineering disciplines including robotics as research tools to mechanistically understand and embody animal flight performance. We translate our integrative and comparative biological research driven by scientific curiosity to aerial robot design to solve the engineering challenge of autonomous flight in complex cluttered environments and turbulent atmospheric conditions.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Radiology (Radiological Sciences Laboratory)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy lab's research involves the function, degeneration and repair of musculoskeletal soft tissues, with a focus on meniscal fibrocartilage and articular cartilage. We are particularly interested in the complex interactions between biophysical and biochemical cues in controlling cell behavior, the roles of these interactions in degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, and development of tissue engineered 3D model systems for studying physical influences on primary and progenitor cells.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
BioProf. Lew's interests lie in the broad area of computational solid mechanics. He is concerned with the fundamental design and mathematical analysis of material models and numerical algorithms.
Currently the group is focused on the design of algorithms to simulate hydraulic fracturing. To this end we work on algorithms for time-integration embedded or immersed boundary methods.