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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Emeriti: (Professors) James Douglas, Joseph B. Franzini, En Y. Hsu, Helmut Krawinkler*, Paul Kruger, Gilbert M. Masters*, Perry L. McCarty*, Henry W. Parker, George A. Parks, Haresh C. Shah, Robert L. Street*, Clyde B. Tatum*, Paul M. Teicholz

Chair: Stephen G. Monismith

Associate Chair: Sarah Billington

Professors: Ronaldo I. Borja, Craig S. Criddle, Gregory G. Deierlein, Martin A. Fischer, Mark Z. Jacobson, Anne S. Kiremidjian, Peter K. Kitanidis, Jeffrey R. Koseff, Kincho H. Law, James O. Leckie, Raymond E. Levitt, Richard G. Luthy (on leave Autumn, Winter, Spring), Stephen G. Monismith, Leonard Ortolano, Alfred M. Spormann

Associate Professors: Alexandria Boehm, Sarah L. Billington, David L. Freyberg, Lynn M. Hildemann (on leave Spring), Eduardo Miranda

Assistant Professors: Jack W. Baker, Jennifer Davis, Oliver B. Fringer, John R. Haymaker, Michael D. Lepech

Professor (Research): Martin Reinhard

Courtesy Professors: Peter M. Pinsky, David D. Pollard, Stephen H. Schneider,

Courtesy Associate Professor: Margot G. Gerritsen

Lecturers: Montgomery Anderson, John H. Barton II, Cathrine D. Blake, Stan Christensen, Derek Fong, Renate Fruchter, Robert R. Groves, Andrew G. Hudacek, Glenn Katz, Karl Knapp, Nelson A. Koen Cohen, Eric Kolderup, Royal Kopperud, Cynthia J. Krieger, Mark R. Kroll, John Kunz, Amy Larimer, Grace Lee, Marie Lund, Ryan J. Orr, Tim J. Redd, Alexander P. Robertson, Peter Rumsey, Raphael Sperry, Patti J. Walters, Christopher Wasney

Consulting Professors: James E. Cloern, Russell G. Clough, Curtis R. Cook, Angelos N. Findikakis, Gary Griggs, Robert F. Hickey, Michael C. Kavanaugh, Michael E. London, Francis L. Ludwig, Douglas M. MacKay, Martin W. McCann, Jr., Richard L. Meehan, Paul K. Meyer, Piotr D. Moncarz, Wayne R. Ott, Ingo Pinnau, Harry E. Ridgway, Benedict R. Schwegler, Jr, Avram S. Tucker, Antonio L. Vives, Michael W. Walton

Consulting Associate Professors: William J. Behrman, Edward S. Gross, Charles S. Han, Thomas L. Holzer, Jonathan G. Koomey, Lisa V. Lucas, Colin Ong, Azadeh Tabazadeh, Joel N. Swisher, Jie Wang, Jane Woodward

Consulting Assistant Professors: Cristina L. Archer, John Chachere, Hefa Cheng, Calvin K. Kam, Jonghoon Kim, Neil E. Klepeis, Gloria T. Lau, Michael L. MacWilliams, Pooya Sarabandi

Shimizu Visiting Professors: James S. Famiglietti and Nicholas Jenkins

* Recalled to active duty.

Department Offices: Yang and Yamazaki (Y2E2), rooms 314/316

Zip-Mail Code: 94305-4020

Phone: (650) 723-3074; Fax: (650) 725-8662

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are listed under the subject code CEE on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The primary mission of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Stanford is the execution of basic and applied research that advances the civil and environmental engineering professions, the education of future academic and industry leaders, and the preparation of students for careers in professional practice. Civil and environmental engineers work to sustain the natural environment while creating and maintaining the built environment. Civil and environmental engineers are essential to providing the necessities of human life, including water, air, shelter, the infrastructure, energy, and food, increasingly in more efficient and renewable ways.

The department focus is on the theme of engineering for sustainability, including three focus areas: the built environment, environmental and water studies, and atmosphere and energy. The built environment includes creating processes, techniques, materials, and monitoring technologies for planning, design, construction and operation of environmentally sensitive, economically efficient, performance-based built systems, and managing associated risks from natural and man-made hazards. Built environment research and teaching is conducted primarily within the programs of Construction Engineering and Management, Design-Construction Integration, and Structural Engineering and Geomechanics and Sustainable Design Construction. The water environment includes creating plans, policies, science-based assessment models and engineered systems to manage water in ways that protect human health, promote human welfare, and provide freshwater and coastal ecosystem services. Water environment research and teaching is conducted primarily within the programs of Environmental Engineering and Sciences and Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology. Atmosphere and Energy includes studying fundamental energy and atmospheric engineering and science, assessing energy-use effects on atmospheric processes and air quality, and analyzing and designing energy-efficient generation and use systems with minimal environmental impact.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering is to provide students with the principles of engineering and the methodology needed for civil engineering practice. Students in the major learn to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and the primary areas of civil engineering to conduct experiments, design systems to solve engineering problems, and communicate their ideas effectively to the scientific community. The curriculum includes course work in construction, environmental, structural, and transportation engineering. The major prepares students for careers in government and industry, and further graduate study.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Environmental Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering is to equip students with the problem solving skills and knowledge necessary to assess and develop solutions to environmental problems impacting the biosphere, land, water, and air quality. Courses in the program are multidisciplinary in nature, combining fundamental principles drawn from physics, chemistry, geology, engineering, and biology. Students learn about the analytical methods necessary to evaluate environmental changes and to design strategies to remediate problems that inevitably may have resulted from human activities. The program prepares students for careers in consulting, industry, and government, and for graduate school in engineering.

Learning Outcomes

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to be able:

  1. to apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. to design and conduct experiments, as well to analyze and interpret data.
  3. to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. to understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. to communicate effectively.
  8. to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. to demonstrate a working knowledge of contemporary issues.
  10. to apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  11. to transition from engineering concepts and theory to real engineering application.

Undergraduate Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The undergraduate Civil Engineering major provides a pre-professional program balancing the fundamentals common to many special fields of civil engineering with a field of study in Environmental and Water Studies or Structures and Construction. The undergraduate Environmental Engineering major offers a more focused program in Environmental and Water Studies. Laboratory facilities are available to students in building energy, construction, environmental engineering and science, experimental stress analysis, fluid mechanics, structural and earthquake engineering, and advanced sensing technologies.

The department also hosts the School of Engineering undergraduate major in Architectural Design and the undergraduate major in Atmosphere/Energy; both of these programs lead to a B.S. in Engineering.

At least one year of graduate study is recommended for professional practice. Students who contemplate advanced study at Stanford should discuss their plans with their advisers in the junior year. The coterminal B.S.-M.S. program should be considered by students who want an integrated five-year program; applications are considered once a year near the beginning of Winter Quarter. For University coterminal degree program rules and University application forms, see

Graduate Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), in collaboration with other departments, offers eight graduate degrees structured in three degree programs described below. The Atmosphere/Energy Program offers degrees with that designation. The Built Environment Program offers degrees with five designations: Construction Engineering and Management, Design/Construction Integration, Geomechanics, and Structural Engineering and Sustainable Design Construction. The Environmental and Water Studies Program offers degrees with two designations: Environmental Engineering and Science, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology. The final portion of this section describes University and departmental requirements for graduate degrees.

Research work and instruction under the three programs are carried out in these facilities: Building Energy Laboratory; Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory; Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (EFML); Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory; Structural Engineering Laboratory; and water quality control research and teaching laboratories. The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center conducts research on earthquake engineering including advanced sensing and control, innovative materials, and risk hazard assessment. Research and advanced global teamwork education is conducted in the Project Based Learning (PBL) Laboratory. In collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) employs advanced CAD, artificial intelligence, communications concepts, and information management to integrate participants in the facility development process and to support design and construction automation. The Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) is a multi-school, multi-university research program aimed at improving the performance of global engineering and construction projects, with a special focus on sustainable infrastructure in developing countries.

University Requirements—The University requirements governing the M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. degrees are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

Admission—Applications require online submission of the application form and statement of purpose, followed by three letters of recommendation, results of the General Section of the Graduate Record Examination, and transcripts of courses taken at colleges and universities. See Policies for each of the department's programs are available by referring to

Successful applicants are advised as to the degree and program for which they are admitted. If students wish to shift from one CEE program to another after being accepted, an application for the intradepartmental change must be filed within the department; they will then be advised whether the change is possible. If, after enrollment at Stanford, students wish to continue toward a degree beyond the one for which they were originally admitted, a written application must be made to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Financial Assistance—The department maintains a continuing program of financial aid for graduate students. Applications for financial aid and assistantships should be filed by December 15, 2009; it is important that Graduate Record Examination scores be available at that time. Applicants not requesting financial assistance have until February 2, 2010 for the online submission.

Teaching assistantships carry a salary for as much as one-half time work to assist with course offerings during the academic year. Up to half-time research assistantships also are available. Engineer and Ph.D. candidates may be able to use research results as a basis for the thesis or dissertation. Assistantships and other basic support may be supplemented by fellowship and scholarship awards or loans. Continued support is generally provided for further study toward the Engineer or Ph.D. degree based on the student's performance, the availability of research funds, and requisite staffing of current projects.


Some of the department's graduate students participate in the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP), which makes it possible for academically qualified engineers and scientists in industry to be part-time graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering while continuing professional employment. Prospective HCP students follow the same admissions process and must meet the same admissions requirements as full-time graduate students. See the "Honors Cooperative Program" section of this bulletin for more information.

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