We welcome all qualified students to join our summer program. Admission for visiting (non-matriculated) students is handled by Stanford Summer Session and Stanford Summer College. Matriculated Stanford students (incoming & current) should enroll via Stanford's Axess system. In addition, all applicants should submit the SEWSS Registration Form.

In general, students should have current standing as an undergraduate or already possess an undergraduate degree. Stanford Summer College (High School) students are welcome to enroll in courses that are listed as open to undergraduate freshmen (consent of instructor will be required for most courses). Where applicable, solid background in college-level chemistry, biology, math and/or fluid mechanics are highly recommended. English language proficiency is also necessary.

sewss registration
Both Summer Visiting students and Stanford students are requested to submit the SEWSS Registration Form in order to communicate timely information and updates.


scholars program
Registered summer visitors enrolled in 3 or more SEWSS courses are eligible for the SEWSS Scholars Program. Scholars successfully completing and earning C- letter-grade (1.7) or higher credit in each of three courses in this program are awarded a Letter of Recognition. Candidates must also participate in at least one SEWSS seminar, one SEWSS workshop, and one SEWSS field trip.

tuition & housing
Tuition rate and other fees for summer programs are published by the Stanford Summer Sessions office. On-campus summer housing may be available through the Stanford Housing Assignments office.

scholars program
Registered Summer Visiting students enrolled in 3 or more SEWSS courses are eligible for the SEWSS Scholars Program. Scholars successfully completing and earning C- letter-grade (1.7) or higher credit (S grades accepted) in each of three courses in this program are awarded a Letter of Recognition. Candidates must also participate in at least one SEWSS seminar, one SEWSS workshop, and one SEWSS field trip.

tuition & housing
Tuition rate and other fees for summer programs are published by the Stanford Summer Sessions office. On-campus summer housing may be available through the Stanford Housing Assignments office.

calendar 2018
Early December 2017 Summer Session Visitor Admissions begins (for non-matriculated students)
April 8 Axess Enrollment begins
June 24 Summer Session Orientation for Visiting Students
June 25 Classes begin
June 25 Preliminary Study List Deadline
June 29 Writing Workshop
June 29 SEWSS Welcome Pizza Social
July 4 US Independence Day Holiday Observed - No classes
July 6 Presentation Workshop
July 6 Research Laboratory Tour
July 6 Final Study List Deadline
July 15 Deadline to register for SEWSS Scholars Program
July 27 Term Withdrawal Deadline
August 3 Change of grading basis deadline.
August 3 Course withdrawal deadline.
August 16 Last day of classes
August 17-18 Exam period

Environmental Engineering & Science Program Office
Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
473 Via Ortega, Room 254
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Stanford, CA 94305-4020

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YeoMyoung Cho, Senior Research Engineer & Lecturer
Dr. Cho is a Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the study of 1) environmental transport and fate of organic contaminants in natural and engineered systems and with a consideration of geochemical, geophysical, and biological processes and 2) water quality and ecological risk assessment. In her PhD work, she managed and executed the first ever field demonstration showing that in-place sediment treatments may beneficially sequester polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), thereby reducing ecological and human health risk. After her PhD, she continued to study in-situ sediment remediation, while expanding her research scope through various other projects. She received her BS and MS in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry from Seoul National University, Korea, and MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Cho will be teaching Environmental Disasters (CEE 170S/270S).



Angelos Findikakis, Consulting Professor/Adjunct Professor
Dr. Findikakis is a Consulting Professor at Stanford and Senior Principal Engineer with Bechtel, one of the largest engineering, construction, and management firms in the world. He is also a Bechtel Fellow, specializing in numerical simulation and analysis of flow and transport processes. He has provided modeling support to dozens of Bechtel projects from all major business lines. Overall, he has more than thirty years of experience in a broad range of environmental and water resources studies, including both surface and groundwater problems in the United States, Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Findikakis will be teaching Water Resources Management (CEE 165C, CEE 265C).



Derek Fong, Senior Research Engineer & Lecturer
Dr. Fong's research in environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics focuses on understanding the fundamental transport and mixing processes in the rivers, estuaries and the coastal ocean. He employs different methods for studying such fluid processes including laboratory experiments, field experiments, and numerical modeling. His current research projects include studying the dispersion of near-bottom plumes in stratified coastal flows, the alongshore transport of freshwater in river plumes, advanced hydrodynamic measurement techniques, coherent structures in nearshore flows, and secondary circulation and mixing in curved channels. He teaches a variety of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Fong received his BS degree in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Water Resources Engineering from Stanford University, and PhD degree in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Fong will be teaching Science & Engineering Problem-Solving with MatLab (CEE 101S, CEE 201S). He will also be co-teaching Water: An Introduction(CEE 73).


Diana Ginnebaugh, Lecturer
Dr. Ginnebaugh is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Atmosphere/Energy program) at Stanford University. She currently teaches CEE 107A/207A/EARTHSYS 103 Understanding Energy in the Autumn and Spring quarters, and will lead CEE 107R/207R E^3: Extreme Energy Efficiency in Winter 2018. She has a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemical Engineering, and M.S. and PhD degrees in Atmosphere/Energy from Stanford University. Her dissertation focused on atmospheric gas-phase and aqueous-phase chemistry and investigated the impact of ethanol (E85) use on urban air pollution. She was a Schneider Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. working on transportation advocacy in Summer 2005. She worked for the Dow Chemical Company as a production engineer at a chlorine facility and as a project lead on energy efficiency projects from 2000 to 2004, and as a post-doctoral scholar investigating sustainable transportation at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford from 2012 to 2015. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Ginnebaugh will be teaching Energy Resources: Fuels & Tools (CEE 107S, CEE 207S).


Glenn Katz, Lecturer
Mr. Katz is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University specializing in Architectural Design Studio, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Parametric Design. Also, he has been with AutoDesk since 2011 as an AEC Education Specialist where he conducts technology product training through AutoDesk University. With the Stanford Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness (CSDGC), Mr. Katz is collaborating on the Sustainable Urban Systems project as well as the Youth Leadership Program. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (1981) from MIT, and his M.S. in Civil Engineering (1982) from Stanford University. For SEWSS 2018, Mr. Katz will be teaching Sustainability Design Thinking (CEE 176G, CEE 276G).


Royal Kopperud, Lecturer
Dr. Kopperud is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering teaching courses in Air Quality Management, Air Pollution, Human Exposure Analysis, and Environmental Science & Technology. He is also the Laboratory Manager of the Stanford Environmental Engineering & Science research laboratory. He received his PhD degree in Environmental Engineering & Science from Stanford University. His research work has been in the area of particulate matter, indoor air quality and impacts on human health. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Kopperud will be teaching Environmental Science & Technology (CEE 70).



Éloi Laurent, Lecturer
Dr. Laurent is a Senior Research Fellow at OFCE (Sciences Po Centre for Economic Research, Paris), Professor in the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po and Visiting Professor at Stanford University in Paris. A macroeconomist by training (PhD, highest honors) and laureate of Sciences Po (summa cum laude), his current work focuses on environmental sustainability and well-being and social-ecology. He is the author or editor of twelve books (five translated into several languages), three governmental reports and a hundred articles published in French and international journals. Dr. Laurent has a background in policy making as a former parliamentary assistant in the National Assembly (Paris) and aide to the French Prime Minister and an extensive international academic experience as a visiting scholar at New York University and Columbia University, Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal and Visiting scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He currently teaches New Indicators of Well-Being & Sustainability at Stanford University and Sciences Po and Ecological Economics at Sciences Po. He is the author (most recently), in French, of Nos Mythologies Economiques (2016) and Nouvelles Mythologies Economiques and Notre Bonne Fortune (2017) and in English, Fruitful Economics (2015), Report on the State of the European Union-Is Europe Sustainable? (2015) and Measuring Tomorrow: Accounting for Well-being, Resilience and Sustainability in the 21st century (2017). For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Laurent will be teaching New indicators of Well-Being & Sustainability (CEE 171F, CEE 271F).


Richard Lechner, Lecturer
Mr. Lechner was Vice President of the Energy & Environment program at IBM where he was engaged in energy efficient IT, intelligent buildings, smart urban infrastructure, and optimization of operations for energy, carbon, water, and waste. Here, he was involved with the application of IBM's Traffic Prediction Tool for a Smart Traffic project in Singapore. He also was an Adjunct Professor at the Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University where he taught courses on cloud, big data and systems of engagement to drive sustainability in the Smarter Cities Skills Initiative program. He received his BS degree in Mathematics-Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles. For SEWSS 2018, Mr. Lechner will be teaching Smart Cities & Communities (CEE 177L, CEE 277L).



Len Ortolano, Professor
Leonard Ortolano is a specialist in environmental and water resources planning, with a focus on the design and implementation of environmental policies and programs in the United States and developing countries. Current research includes studies of: (1) policies for environmental planning and management in China and South Asia; (2) corporate environmental management; (3) delivery of water supply and sewerage services to disadvantaged communities; and (4) community-based organizations. In addition to his research activities, Professor Ortolano has worked as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Public Health Service and as a consultant to environmental management firms and agencies as well as international development aid organizations. Professor Ortolano has received two Fulbright-Hays grants: one as a visiting professor at the Istituto di Ricerca Sulle Acque in Rome (1978-79); and a second as a visiting professor at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (1978-88). He received the Lillian and Thomas B. Rhodes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1996, and the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. Between 2003 and 2006, Professor Ortolano served as director of Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service, and from 1980 to 2003, he was director of Stanford’s Program on Urban Studies. For SEWSS 2018, Prof. Ortolano will be Faculty Mentor for Changing Human Behavior: Drivers and Barriers in Environmental Action (CEE 175Q, CEE 275Q).



Allison Pieja, Lecturer
After graduating from the Stanford Environmental Engineering & Science Ph.D. program in 2011, Dr. Pieja went on to co-found Mango Materials, a start-up company in the Bay Area that produces biodegradable plastics from waste methane gas. The concept behind Mango Materials is based largely on her Ph.D. work at Stanford, where she studied selection of methane-utilizing bacteria for production of the biopolymer poly-hydroxyalkanoate. Dr. Pieja currently serves as the Director of Technology at Mango Materials. Prior to coming to Stanford for her graduate work, she graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her research interests focus on applied microbiology and chemistry and the use of waste to produce novel products. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Pieja will be co-teaching Water: An Introduction (CEE 73).



Alexander (Sandy) Robertson, Senior Research Engineer & Lecturer
Dr. Robertson is a Senior Research Engineer and Lecturer in the Environmental Engineering and Science Program at Stanford. He works in the areas of physical chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment as well as aquatic geochemistry. His bachelor’s degree, from Harvard College, is in Engineering and Applied Physics. He did his MS and PhD work in Environmental Engineering and Science at Stanford. He spent two years in Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer working on village water projects. He has also worked as a consulting engineer in Sacramento, California. At Stanford, his work has included studies related to copper partitioning in soils and groundwaters, photocatalytic oxidation of contaminants, membrane processes, and children’s exposure to pesticides. He has helped develop and run the Clean Water Program and Singapore Stanford Partnership, (graduate education) joint efforts involving the Stanford Environmental and Water Studies group and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Robertson will be teaching the seminar course on Issues in Environmental Engineering, Science & Sustainability (CEE 179S, CEE 279S). He will also be co-teaching Water: An Introduction (CEE 73).



Bill Shelander, Lecturer
Mr. Shelander encourages the translation of science into viable applications with social and economic impact. Building on experience as an engineer, product manager, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur, he is currently a Commercialization Expert at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has invested in or co-founded over 60 start-ups with successful acquisitions and public listings. He has degrees in Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Business Administration. His work focuses on bridging the transition from scientific research to environmental and economically sustainable commercialization, which often depends on entrepreneurial skills and innovative insights. For SEWSS 2018, Mr. Shelander will be teaching Environmental Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEE 175S, CEE 275S).



Charlotte Stanton, Lecturer
Dr. Stanton is a Lecturer in Stanford's Environmental Engineering & Science program. She contributes to courses on sustainable development, environmental entrepreneurship, and smart cities. Prior to her PhD, she worked for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), based in Nairobi Kenya, where she developed and managed a portfolio of multi-million dollar projects helping governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America to meet their obligations to global environmental treaties. She completed her PhD at Stanford in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and received her Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town South Africa and Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She is also a member of Stanford Leaders in Communication, teaching research-proven techniques for communicating effectively to diverse audiences. For SEWSS 2018, Dr. Stanton will be teaching Skillful Communication for Sustainability Scientists (CEE 175P, CEE 275P).


James O. Leckie, SEWSS Faculty Director
Prof. Leckie is the C L. Peck, Class of 1906, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences. He has been on the Stanford Environmental Engineering faculty since 1970 and is an environmental chemist interested in the application of chemical principles to the study of pollutants behavior in natural aquatic systems and in engineered processes. His research contributions have been extensive in the areas of adsorption chemistry, human exposure analysis, and membrane science. In 2005, he became a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and received the American Society of Civil Engineering Rudolf Hering Medal in 1981. Presently, he is co-Director of the Singapore-Stanford Partnership program in Environmental Engineering & Science, and Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness at Stanford University. He is also Appointed Chair Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University. Prof. Leckie holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from San José State University (1964), and M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in Environmental Sciences from Harvard University.


Colin Ong, SEWSS Executive Director & Advisor
Dr. Ong is a Consulting Associate Professor/Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He received his BS degree in Chemistry (1985), MS degree in Water Science (1990), and PhD degree in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry (1992) from the University of California, Davis. In 1990, he was awarded the Joseph G. Prosser Fellowship by the University of California Water Resources Center to study trace element occlusion in field and laboratory evaporative concentration settings. He came to Stanford in 1992 as a postdoctoral scholar to investigate the adsorption of uranyl ions onto mineral surfaces through laboratory experiments and chemical modeling. From 2000 to 2002, he was on the Worldwide Support Specialists team in the Customer Relations and Operations group at Handspring, the leading innovator in handheld devices, where he helped develop and sustain the Visor and Treo product lines. In 2003, he returned to Stanford to lead the resident and distance learning components of the Singapore-Stanford Partnership (SSP) program. Dr. Ong has taught graduate courses on Hydrogeochemical Modeling, Environmental Toxicants, and Environmental Informatics in the Stanford EES program. His current interests are in youth creativity, mindset and emotional intelligence.

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