Civil and Environmental Engineering News

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Monday, June 8, 2015

Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.

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Stanford engineers discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane

Monday, May 18, 2015

New findings by Professor Alfred Spormann and colleagues could pave the way for microbial "factories" that produce renewable biofuels and chemicals.

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Three engineering students receive Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The award recognizes extraordinary undergraduates for their intellectual accomplishments.

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Five faculty members receive NSF Early Career Development awards

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Assistant professors Amin Arbabian, Michael Lepech, Marco Pavone, Manu Prakash and Sindy Tang awarded grants to help promising junior faculty pursue outstanding research while also improving education.

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Making drinking water safe at the source

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Researchers with the Stanford Woods Institute's Program on Water, Health and Development are finding affordable, sustainable solutions to the challenge of providing safe drinking water to nearly 1 billion people in city slums.

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Stanford study shows ways to improve public health at beaches

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thanks to new Stanford research, an affordable, easy-to-implement system can provide significantly more accurate information on coastal water contamination to better protect public health.

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Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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Stanford Engineering Professor Richard Luthy receives distinguished environmental engineering award

Monday, December 8, 2014

American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists recognizes Luthy's contributions to the field of environmental engineering and dedication to improving the quality of the world’s environment.

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Stanford Engineers find that certain types of underwater waves may harm deep-water organisms

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Voluminous underwater waves known as “internal bores" can create major decreases in dissolved oxygen in water near the shore.

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Learning from 1989: Stanford engineer studies the aftermath of earthquakes

Friday, October 17, 2014

Professor Anne Kiremidjian is an expert at assessing the likely intensity and duration of earthquakes and estimating the probable damage.

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Stanford Engineering scholars work with bankers to encourage investments in sustainable projects

Monday, October 13, 2014

Two scholars in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are working on a model that could help banks reward borrowers for decisions that benefit the environment.

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Stanford engineer says 'smart grid' needed to shift electrical system to alternative energy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Solar, wind and other alternative sources are easier on the environment but less predictable than coal, gas or oil-fired plants, demanding a more sophisticated distribution and delivery system.

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Stanford engineers show value of clams, mussels in cleaning dirty water

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New research shows that bivalves can cleanse streams, rivers and lakes of potentially harmful chemicals that treatment plants can't fully remove.

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Professor Anne Kiremidjian named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Monday, August 11, 2014

Civil and environmental engineer honored for her career achievements in probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, for her commitment to educating the next generation of earthquake engineers and for her leadership in encouraging women to become engineers.

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Stanford engineer's study shows effects of biomass burning on climate, health

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stanford professor’s calculations indicate that wildfires and other types of fires involving plant matter play a much bigger role in climate change and human health than previously thought.

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A clean energy roadmap for California

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A study led by Professor Mark Jacobson outlines the path to a possible future for California where renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.

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Stanford Woods Institute announces 2014 Environmental Venture Projects

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Projects hold the promise of cleaning the air, reducing parasitic infections and uncovering pathways by which diseases are spread.

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Stanford research: Watching the hand washers

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stanford researchers pioneer use of video surveillance to better understand essential hygiene behavior.

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Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, Stanford-led study says

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Computer simulations by Professor Mark Z. Jacobson have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.

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Letter from the Dean

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stanford engineers have always tackled the biggest challenges, and the past academic year was no exception.

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Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are driven to change the world, and 2013 was no exception. Stanford Engineering faculty and students blazed new trails in energy, nanotechnology, bioengineering, education and many other fields.

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Stanford faculty awarded $2.2 million for innovative energy research

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded 11 seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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Stanford's student-built home ranks high in green building competition

Friday, October 18, 2013

Stanford's first-ever entry in the Department of Energy-sponsored green building competition finished in fifth place, the top team among California-based competitors, and placed among the top five teams in six of the 10 judging categories.

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Mark Z. Jacobson talks green energy with David Letterman

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Stanford engineer expresses confidence in U.S. ability to attain all-renewable energy by 2050.

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Stanford scientists use 'wired microbes' to generate electricity from sewage

Monday, September 16, 2013

Interdisciplinary team creates 'microbial battery' driven by naturally occurring bacteria that evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material.

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