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Welcome admitted frosh 2012 and prospective high school students! On this page you will find ways to explore engineering topics as an enrolled student at Stanford. Also find links to the School of Engineering departments and student services contacts, as well as a link to summer programs open to high school or other non-matriculated students.


Exploring Engineering

Introductory Seminars with an Engineering Focus

Stanford School of Engineering Introductory Seminars offer a popular and hands-on way to experience engineering ideas and projects during your frosh and/or soph year. These IntroSems are designed to explore a topic that often isn't otherwise part of the curriculum for a particular major, and do it with a faculty instructor in a small-class setting. To get a further hint of the emphasis of the class, check the offering department in column two. Here is a list of the 2011-12 offerings:

Preference to Freshman

Electric Automobiles and Aircraft                                                             AA 116N
Structures: Why Things Don't (and Sometimes Do) Fall Down                    AA 113N
The Art of Structural Engineering                                                             CEE 80N
From the Foothills to the Bay                                                                  CEE 50N
Renewable Energy for a Sustainable World                                              CHEMENG 35N
Can Machines Know? Can Machines Feel?                                              CS 21N
Computers and Photography: From Capture to Sharing                             CS 45N
Computers and the Open Society                                                            CS 47N
Motion Planning for Robots, Digital Actors, and Other Moving Objects        CS 26N
Digital Dilemmas                                                                                    CS 74N
The Business of the Internet                                                                    CS 73N
Cell Phones, Sensors, and You                                                               CS 75N
Green Electronics                                                                                   EE 26N
Electronics Rocks                                                                                  EE 27N
Medical Imaging Systems                                                                       EE 22N
Man versus Nature: Coping with Disasters Using Space Technology           EE 60N
What is Nanotechnology?                                                                       EE 21N
The Internet: How it Works and the Services It Offers                                EE 19N
What Is Information?                                                                              EE 28N
Engineering the Micro and Nano Worlds: From Chips to Genes                 EE 17N
Think Like a Designer                                                                            ME 26N
How Stuff Is Made                                                                                 ME 14N
The Jet Engine                                                                                      ME 12N
Preference to Sophomores
Medical Device Innovation                                                                      BIOE 70Q
Accessing Architecture Through Drawing                                                CEE 31Q
Place: Making Space Now                                                                    CEE 32Q
Environmental Regulation and Policy                                                      CHEMENG 60Q
Masters of Disaster                                                                              CHEMENG 70Q
Art, Chemistry, and Madness: The Science of Art Materials                     CHEMENG 80Q
Electric Automobiles and Aircraft                                                           EE 25Q
Japanese Companies and Japanese Society                                          MATSCI 159Q
Teamology: Creative Teams and Individual Development                          ME 18Q

Engineering Fundamentals 

Engineering Fundamentals are technically rigorous introductory courses from a range of engineering disciplines. Almost every UG student in engineering must complete three of these courses, two of which are often specified by the major chosen. The Fundamentals options are listed below by topic.

BioE and/or ChemE:

ENGR 20. (S, 3 units) Overview of chemical engineering through discussion and engineering analysis of physical and chemical processes.
ENGR 25B. Biotechnology (S, 3 Units) Biology and chemistry fundamentals

ENGR 50M. Intro to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis (W, 4 units) relationship between atomic structure and macroscopic properties of man-made and natural materials; mechanical and thermodynamic behavior of surgical implants
ENGR 80. Intro to Bioengineering (S, 4 units) Overview of bioengineering focused on engineering analysis and design of biological systems

ENGR 90. Environmental Science and Technology (A, 3 units) Introduction to environmental quality and technology of understanding environmental issues

ENGR 60. Engineering Economy (A, Sum 2012 is last offering; 3 Units) Fundamentals of economic analysis
ENGR 62. Intro to Optimization (A, S, 4 Units) Formulation and analysis of linear optimization problems

ENGR 40. Introductory Electonics (A, S; 5 units) Overview of electronic circuits & applications.
ENGR 40N. Engineering Wireless Networks (S, 5 units) A hands-on introduction to the design and implementation of modern wireless networks.
ENGR 40P. Physics of Electrical Engineering (W, 5 units) How everything from electrostatics to quantum mechanics is used in common high-technology products

ENGR 25E. Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use (W, 3 units) An introduction and overview to the challenges and opportunities of energy supply and consumption.
ENGR 50E. Introduction to Materials Science - Energy Emphasis (A, 4 units)
Materials structure, bonding and atomic arrangements leading to their properties and applications


ENGR 50. Intro to Materials Science, Nanotechnology Emphasis (S, 4 units) The structure, bonding, & atomic arrangements in materials leading to their properties & applications.

ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics (A, W, S; 4 units) Introduction to engineering analysis using the principles of engineering solid mechanics.
ENGR 15. Dynamics (A, S; 3 units) The application of Newton's Laws to solve static and dynamic problems, particle and rigid body dynamics, freebody diagrams, and writing equations of motion.
ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics (a, W, Sum; 3 units) The basic principles of thermodynamics

ENGR 70A (same as CS 106A). Programming Methodology (A,W,S,Sum; 5 units) Introduction to the engineering of computer applications
ENGR 70B (same as CS 106B). Programming Abstractions (A,W,S,Sum; 5 units) Abstraction and its relation to programming. Uses the programming language C++
ENGR 70X (same as CS 106X). Programming Abstractions Accelerated (A, 5 units) Intensive version of 106B

General Engineering:

ENGR 10. Intro to Engineering Analysis (A, Sum; 4 units) Integrated approach to the fundamental scientific principles that are the cornerstones of engineering analysis

School of Engineering Undergraduate Majors

Stanford offers 16 defined undergraduate majors, plus the option to design your own (the Individually Designed Major in Engineering)

   o Aeronautics and Astronautics
   o Architectural Design
   o Atmosphere and Energy
   o Bioengineering
   o Biomechanical Engineering
   o Biomedical Computation
   o Engineering Physics
   o Product Design

  • Environmental Engineering (ENVEN)
  • Individually Designed (IDMEN)
  • Management Science and Engineering (MGTSC)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MATSC)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Undergraduate Minors

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Honors

The School of Engineering Honors programs are explained in detail in the 2011-12 Undergraduate Handbook, pp. 319-330.

  • Architectural Design
  • Atmosphere and Energy
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Computation
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Science, Technology, and Society (degree program within H&S)

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