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Graduate Programs


Atmosphere/Energy

Starting in the 2004-2005 academic year, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University began offering degree options in a new program called Atmosphere/Energy. This innovative program will bridge the gap between these two disciplines.

Energy and Atmosphere are linked in two primary ways. First, fossil-fuel energy contributes directly to air pollution and climate change. Second, atmospheric winds and solar radiation are major sources of renewable energy. Because atmospheric problems can be mitigated best by increasing the efficiency with which energy is used, optimizing the use of natural energy resources, and understanding the effects of energy technologies on the atmosphere, the two areas, Energy and Atmosphere, are naturally coupled together.

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Sustainable Design & Construction Programs

The Sustainable Design & Construction Program is part of the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) group in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford, which includes faculty from:

Our focus is on educating practitioners and researchers who can play a variety of roles in planning, designing, building and operating more sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

Our new program in Sustainable Design and Construction (SDC-X) expands the program with courses in sustainable, multi-stakeholder design methods and tools that incorporate lifecycle cost analysis, green architectural design, lighting and energy analysis, to educate students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds interested in promoting more sustainable development of buildings and infrastructure.

Each of these programs offers MS, Engineer and Ph.D. degrees. Admissions to these programs are handled separately; prospective students should indicate their preference on their application.

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Environmental Engineering & Science

The Environmental Engineering & Science (EES) program focuses on the chemical and biological processes involved in water quality engineering, water and air pollution, remediation and hazardous substance control, human exposure to pollutants, environmental biotechnology, and environmental protection.

Together with its partner programs Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology (EFMH), and Atmosphere and Energy, EES offers flexibility in constructing both broad, multidisciplinary and focused, intensive areas of study. Its long tradition of collaboration with other groups within and outside the University, and throughout the world provides a wide scope of opportunities for in-depth study and research.

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Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology Program

Within the Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology Program, the focus is on the movement of surface and groundwater and, jointly with EES, atmospheric related topics (discussed below). With respect to water, attention is given to the environmental and economic factors important in planning water resources. Environmental fluid mechanics courses address fluid and sediment transport and mixing processes, turbulence and its modeling, the fluid mechanics of stratified flows, natural flows in coastal waters, estuaries, lakes and open channels, atmospheric flows and experimental methods. Hydrology courses consider stochastic methods in both surface and subsurface hydrology, watershed hydrology and modeling, and flow and transport in porous media. Planning courses highlight issues related to sustainable water resources development, both in the U.S. and in developing countries. Degree programs can be developed by combining environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology classes with courses from programs and departments which both complement and supplement the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology Program offerings. Some examples include Environmental Engineering and Science, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Petroleum Engineering, Biological Sciences and Statistics.

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Structural Engineering and Geomechanics

The Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Program and the affiliated Design Construction Integration Program offer research opportunities and courses in a broad range of areas related to structural analysis and design, geomechanics, risk management, and construction of civil engineering facilities.

Areas of research emphasis include performance-based engineering, computational mechanics, design construction integration, earthquake engineering, reliability and risk analysis for hazard mitigation, sensing and health monitoring, and engineering informatics.

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