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.
- Environmental Modeling and Simulation
- Environmental and Geophysical Fluid Mechanics
- Hydrology and Water Resources
- Aquatic Chemistry & Biology and Process Engineering
- Human Health and the Environment
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.
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.