Stanford’s faculty and Silicon Valley are inseparably intertwined. Some have criticized this sort of revolving door between Stanford faculty and technology industry leaders as being detrimental to the purity of academia at Stanford.
Having engineers and scientists act as politicians would encourage people with less political ambition to participate in legislation, and it would encourage better technical legislation. Politics should be viewed as a public service rather than a profession.
A team of Stanford engineers has succeeded in creating a faster, more energy-efficient computer using transistors made of carbon nanotubes.
Perhaps even more remarkable than the record-breaking enrollment in CS 106A last quarter was the percentage of those 594 students who were female.
Gender parity, if only in the introductory class, is encouraging news for a department that is overwhelmingly male.
A recent study by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) found that, on average, faculty expected engineering majors to spend the most hours per week on their schoolwork at 20 hours, followed by social scientists at 18 hours and business and education majors at 15 hours.
You wouldn’t know it from the placid warmth of spring on the Farm, but there’s a battle raging for the soul of Stanford. Even as the University has launched efforts to save the humanities from waning student interest, more and more of the undergraduate population is devoting itself to the study of technical majors, a development that speaks volumes about the present and future of Stanford.