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Futures in Engineering

Industrial Affiliates Program

The Departments of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering are pleased to offer a broad-based Industrial Affiliates Program focusing on our collective students, their aspirations and their laboratories.  Affiliate members will be provided facilitated access to the combined undergraduate and graduate student populations of both departments.  Complementary research and teaching strengths of the two departments ensure that, collectively, the training of our students covers the full range of engineering applications of biology, chemistry and physics. They have become proficient at synthesis of biological and synthetic soft materials as well as of hard materials, typically in the nano-domain.  They have used advanced mathematical techniques and simulations to explore atomic and molecular-level processing of hard and soft materials and are familiar with state-of-the-art characterization tools.  Their research experiences have prepared them for significant contributions to modern technology over many application domains, including energy, photonics, electronics, advanced materials, environment, pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine.


The disciplines of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering share the common goal of harnessing the natural sciences of biology, chemistry and physics along with advanced mathematical tools to benefit society.  The collective research of the two departments encompasses materials-related developments in soft matter, catalysts, ceramics, physical metallurgy and the physics and chemistry of solids.  Biological applications at the interface with medicine include enzymatic synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant natural products, metabolic pathway analyses of microbes as well as plants, flexible electronics for sensors, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.  Applications in alternate energy focus on chemical-to-electrical and electrical-to-chemical conversion and storage of energy in batteries and other electrochemical devices.  Nanostructured and constrained geometry thin film materials provide a rich area of research with studies of microstructures of elastic solids, nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, plasmonic and colloidal metamaterials.  Process engineering at the atomic or molecular level is applied to the understanding of force and motion inside living cells, atomic layer deposition, rheology of biologically relevant fluids, nanocrystal and nanowire synthesis and directed self-assembly.

Facilitated Access to Students

  • Affiliates will have facilitated access to students at all levels – in the undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs – of both departments.  Our goal is to provide Affiliates with the opportunity to develop direct contacts and subsequently follow student progress throughout their Stanford careers.

  • Affiliates will be provided with a student resume booklet compiled annually that describes student academic training, professional interests, internship and other industrial experiences and career goals.

  •  Affiliates may send representatives to the annual symposium at which students will give posters and presentations on undergraduate honors thesis research, MS thesis research and PhD thesis research. 

  • Department staff will assist Affiliates in logistical issues associated with one in-house recruiting visit at all levels per year.  This will include obtaining room reservations, distribution of announcements to students and faculty and coordination of meetings with faculty associated with the recruiting visit. 

Departmental Privileges

  • Affiliates will be provided with annual one-page research portfolios for each faculty member, which may aid in establishing background information on students who are entering the job market.

  • Affiliates will be able to obtain tours of department facilities given by designated graduate students, typically in conjunction with the on-campus recruiting visit or the annual student research symposium.

  • Department staff will coordinate meetings with two individual faculty members who have been identified by an Affiliates member. Such meetings could include discussion of specific students or potential research projects, which would be negotiated outside of the core Affiliates program.

Program Fees

  • Membership in the Futures in Engineering Affiliates Program requires payment of an annual fee of $20,000, to be split equally between the two departments.

  • Affiliates are eligible to request the opportunity to send a Visiting Scholar to the department at a $60,000 annual fee, with $5,000 of this amount being directed to the department of the faculty member hosting the Visiting Scholar.  Shorter visits would be pro-rated on a quarterly basis.

  • All Affiliates memberships are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs. Please see Stanford policy for details.