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Ken Hara
Ken Hara
Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics

“ As a kid, I was enthusiastic about aerospace but I didn’t memorize types of airplanes ... ”

Faculty Opening

The Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics invites applications for the tenure-line faculty positions at the Assistant or untenured Associate Professor level. 

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Why Aero/Astro at Stanford?

With a history rich with six Guggenheim Medal recipients and 14 living members of the National Academy of Engineering, our faculty and emeriti faculty continue to be among the most highly decorated in the world. However, it is because of our amazingly talented students that we continue to be ranked among the top of all aerospace engineering departments in the nation.

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Major in Aero/Astro

Stanford undergraduates may declare a Major in Aeronautics and Astronautics leading to the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics. The principal purpose of this degree is to prepare students who are strongly interested in aerospace for careers in the field.

 Recent News

July 21, 2020

A group of scientists anticipate the Mars 2020 rover launch

NASA’s latest Martian rover will drive a wave of exciting discoveries when it lands on the Red Planet — and possibly alter our understanding of the blue one it launches from.

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June 30, 2020

Could drones deliver packages more efficiently by hopping on the bus?

A computer science PhD student describes how we might combine the flexibility of drones with the capacity of ground-based vehicles to make e-commerce more traffic-friendly.

Research Areas

Stanford’s Aeronautics and Astronautics department addresses a broad range of technologies to develop systems, design, and analysis methods to further our nation’s aerospace enterprise and improve society. 


Charbel Farhat

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I welcome you to the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. We are proud of our culture of innovation and leadership, our alumni, and their exceptional achievements in government, academia, and industry.

— Professor and Chair, Charbel Farhat

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We welcome any gift we can use to further the teaching and research mission of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Every dollar contributed to the department has an impact.

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