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Ryan Michael Aronson
Ph.D. Student in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, admitted Autumn 2018
BioI am a fifth year PhD student in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME). I am mainly interested in developing numerical methods with applications to computational mechanics and fluid dynamics. I am particularly interested in high-order, structure-preserving, finite element, and isogeometric methods. Prior to coming to Stanford, I earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I worked with Professor John Evans on residual-based variational multiscale turbulence modeling, isogeometric, structure-preserving collocation methods, and stabilized isogeometric collocation methods. Currently I work with Professor Hamdi Tchelepi on stabilized methods for compositional geomechanics problems. I have also had the pleasure of working industry internships with Meta Reality Labs, TotalEnergies, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsManan Arya leads the Morphing Space Structures Laboratory. His research is on structures that can adapt their shape to respond to changing requirements. Examples include deployable structures for spacecraft that can stow in constrained volumes for launch and then unfold to larger sizes in space, terrestrial structures with variable geometry, and morphing robots. Key research thrusts include lightweight fiber-reinforced composite materials to enable innovative designs for flexible structures, and the algorithmic generation of the geometry of morphing structures – the arrangement of stiff and compliant elements – to enable novel folding mechanisms.
He has published more than 20 journal and conference papers and has been awarded 5 US patents. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a Technologist at the Advanced Deployable Structures Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he developed and tested breakthrough designs for space structures, including deployable reflectarrays, starshades, and solar arrays.
Ph.D. Student in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, admitted Autumn 2017
BioMy academic background is in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, and Continuum Mechanics with an M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Penn State University. I am becoming more and more intrigued by data analytics & applying machine learning techniques to social sciences and networks.
Outside of academia, my interests include consuming music at all times (digitally and at live shows), competing on various Ultimate Frisbee teams (Club and National levels), cooking, and generally exploring the surrounding area.
Thomas More Storke Professor, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor, by courtesy, of Education
BioJeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication for over a decade. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.
Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how virtual experiences can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford. In 2020, IEEE recognized his work with “The Virtual/Augmented Reality Technical Achievement Award”.
He has published more than 200 academic papers, spanning the fields of communication, computer science, education, environmental science, law, linguistics, marketing, medicine, political science, and psychology. His work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for over 25 years.
His first book Infinite Reality, co-authored with Jim Blascovich, emerged as an Amazon Best-seller eight years after its initial publication, and was quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court. His new book, Experience on Demand, was reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Nature, and The Times of London, and was an Amazon Best-seller.
He has written opinion pieces for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Wired, National Geographic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has produced or directed six Virtual Reality documentary experiences which were official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival. His lab has exhibited VR in hundreds of venues ranging from The Smithsonian to The Superbowl.