Civil and Environmental Engineering News

The economic damage from climate change may be more than you think — much more.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Researchers say the cost of carbon dioxide emissions may be six times more than government estimates.

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Machine-learning makes poverty mapping as easy as night and day

Thursday, February 25, 2016

An artificial intelligence system trains itself to identify poverty zones by comparing daytime and nighttime satellite images in a novel way.

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What if we could shape ideas the way a sculptor molds clay?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

An engineer designs computers that let us think with our hands.

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Professor Jeffrey Koseff to receive Stanford's 2015 Richard W. Lyman Award

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Koseff, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and founding co-director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, will be honored at a Jan. 20 award dinner.

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Stanford researcher suggests storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the U.S. electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson proposes an underground solution to that problem.

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Stanford engineers help discover the surprising trick jellyfish use to swim

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Stanford-led team shows how these ancient creatures' undulating motions cause water to pull them along. This counterintuitive insight could spur new designs for energy-efficient underwater craft.

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Sustainable engineering in the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New interdisciplinary major prepares Stanford engineers to build sustainable urban, coastal and freshwater systems

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Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste, Stanford researchers discover

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic.

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Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

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Four engineering faculty members' projects receive grants to tackle major environmental challenges

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment jump-starts interdisciplinary projects around the world.

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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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