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Stanford Energy 3.0 Fall 2015 Newsletter


Registration Open: September 22, 2015, Rob Jackson, New Faculty Seminar, Stanford University


The Water and Climate Footprint of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Energy Sources 

Robert B. Jackson is Douglas Provostial Professor in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, Precourt Institute for Energy, and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. He studies how people affect the earth, including research on the global carbon and water cycles, energy use, droughts, and climate change. Jackson's team published the first studies examining hydraulic fracturing and drinking water quality and, with colleagues, mapped thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston, Washington, D.C., and Manhattan. He is a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union and the Ecological Society of America and was honored at the White House with a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. In recent years Jackson directed the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S., co-chaired the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, and is currently chair of the Global Carbon Project (, tracking fossil fuel emissions and other carbon sources around the world.


Stanford study proves pipeline replacement programs are effective, featuring Professor Rob Jackson, Stanford News, September 9, 2015

Invisible gas leaks from aging or damaged pipelines cost U.S. consumers billions of dollars every year, contribute to global warming and, in rare cases, cause dangerous explosions. But pipeline replacement programs in cities can cut natural gas leaks by 90 percent, a new Stanford-led study finds. 

Read the complete article here.


Global Climate & Energy Project Symposium at Stanford, October 13-14, 2015



  • Amory Lovins, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Arun Majumdar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Senior Fellow at Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University, 
  • James Ellis Jr., Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Hoover Institution, Retired U.S. Navy Admiral,
  • Ray Wood, Managing Director, Head of Power Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Sally Benson Director of GCEP, Director of Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
  • Dan Reicher,Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
  •  James Sweeney, Director of Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • Alicia Seiger Deputy Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University and many more.


For more information, please go to the GCEP website.


Save the dates for upcoming New Faculty Seminars


Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Rooms


Stefano Ermon, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Computational Approaches to Sustainable Energy

Stefano Ermon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests include techniques for scalable and accurate inference in graphical models, statistical modeling of data, large-scale combinatorial optimization, and robust decision making under uncertainty, and is motivated by a range of applications, in particular ones in the emerging field of computational sustainability.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 -

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Rooms


John Dabiri, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Opportunities and Challenges for Next-Generation Wind Energy


John Dabiri is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. He was formerly a professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2001. He came to Caltech as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Fellow, and Y.C. Fung Fellow in Bioengineering, earning an M.S. degree in Aeronautics in 2003, followed by a Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a minor in Aeronautics in 2005. He subsequently joined the Caltech faculty. His honors include an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in bio-inspired propulsion. Popular Science magazine named him one of its "Brilliant 10" scientists in 2008. For his research in bio-inspired wind energy, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listed him among its Technology Innovators in 2012, and the MIT Technology Review magazine named him one of its 35 innovators under 35 in 2013. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He served as the Chair of the Faculty at Caltech from 2013-2014.