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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. Atmospheric problems can be best mitigated by increasing the efficiency with which energy is used — that is, by optimizing the use of natural energy resources and by understanding the effects of energy technologies on the atmosphere. This fact links the two disciplines.

This innovative program offers BS, MS and PhD degree options.

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Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering (EnvEng) program combines elements of the former Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology (EFMH) and Environmental Engineering and Science (EES) programs to allow students interested in those programs to pursue their academic goals in a more flexible way while satisfying core requirements in the heavily interdisciplinary field of environmental engineering.  
The Environmental Engineering program has a dual mission: to develop state-of-the-art knowledge, models, and processes that form the core of environmental engineering practice, and to train and educate current and future academic and professional environmental leaders. We pursue these goals by synthesizing physical, biological, and chemical facets of engineering and science along with elements of the social sciences into our research and teaching. Ultimately, our goal is to protect and sustain natural resources and human health by contributing to the sustainable development of physical infrastructure, including systems for wastewater treatment, water supply, renewable energy, and resilient coastal environments.
Research and teaching in the Environmental Engineering (EnvEng) program focus on five themes including:
  • Environmental Modeling and Simulation
  • Environmental and Geophysical Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Aquatic Chemistry & Biology and Process Engineering
  • Human Health and the Environment
The Environmental Engineering program 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. 
Students interested in EFMH or EES should apply to the new EnvEng program.

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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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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 Structural Engineering & Geomechanics and Sustainable Design and Construction.

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.

This program includes 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 PhD degrees. Admissions to these programs are handled separately; prospective students should indicate their preference on their application.

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