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Modern spacecraft are explorers of unknown environments. Research at the Reconfigurable and Active Structures (ReAct) Lab develops spacecraft structures that can vary their physical properties in response to what they encounter in their environment. We create space structures that change shape, material properties, electromagnetic and optical performance leading to shape shifting antennas, crawling robots, and sun-tracking solar arrays.

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Want to join the group? Students at all levels are encouraged to contact We are especially looking for students with experience and interest in composite materials, solid mechanics, smart materials and multi-disciplinary engineering. 

Students interested in the PhD and Masters program will need to apply through the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.