Angelos Findikakis, Consulting Professor/Adjunct Professor
Dr. Findikakis is a Consulting Professor/Adjunct 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 2020, Prof. 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 2020, Dr. Fong will be teaching Science & Engineering Problem-Solving with MatLab (CEE 101S, CEE 201S).


Diana Gragg, Lecturer
Dr. Gragg 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 2020, Dr. Gragg will be co-teaching Understanding Energy - Essentials (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 2020, 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 2020, Dr. Kopperud will be teaching Air Pollution Science & Engineering (CEE 178S, CEE 278S).


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 (Ph.D., 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 2020, Dr. Laurent will be teaching Environmental & Ecological Economics (CEE 171G, CEE 271G).


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 B.S. degree in Mathematics-Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles. For SEWSS 2020, Mr. Lechner will be teaching Smart Cities & Communities (CEE 177L, CEE 277L).

Avery McEvoy, Lecturer
Ms. McEvoy is a Lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Atmosphere/Energy Program) at Stanford University. She teaches CEE 107A/207A/EARTHSYS 103 Understanding Energy in the Fall and Spring quarters. She is the course liaison for CEE 107R/207R E^3: Extreme Energy Efficiency, an intensive week-long spring break course at Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado in Winter. She also serves as the Explore Energy Program Manager in the Precourt Institute for Energy, aggregating “everything energy” at Stanford (clubs, classes, research, jobs, majors) into a holistic web-based tool for all students interested in energy. She has an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Atmosphere/Energy) from Stanford (2019) and a BS in Environmental Engineering from USC (2017). She was a Schneider Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute in summer 2019 in Boulder, Colorado, working on solar + battery storage microgrids for Puerto Rico in the Islands Energy Program. She has also held internships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (groundwater depletion research with remote sensing data), Ramboll (environmental engineering consulting in their air practice), and the LA County Sanitation Districts (solar feasibility study for their facilities). In her spare time Avery loves to ski, climb, hike, camp, and spend time with friends and family. For SEWSS 2020, Ms. McEvoy will be co-teaching Understanding Energy – Essentials (CEE 107S, CEE 207S).

Shuhui Qu, Lecturer
Dr. Qu currently serves as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Samsung Semiconductor and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Tongji University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. His research interests are in developing computational tools for solving engineering problems and algorithms for social good. He’s currently developing the framework for a Smart Factory, including adaptive scheduling methods and anomaly detection methods for Smart Manufacturing, and the deployment of these methods on production lines using IoT technologies. For SEWSS 2020, Dr. Qu will be teaching Machine Learning: Concepts & Applications in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE 103S, CEE 203S).


Alexander (Sandy) Robertson, Lecturer
Dr. Robertson is a Senior Research Engineer (retired) 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 M.S. and Ph.D. 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 2020, Dr. Robertson will be teaching the seminar course on Issues in Environmental Engineering, Science & Sustainability (CEE 179S, CEE 279S).


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 was 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. Mr. Shelander has an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University, a M.S.Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, and a B.S. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 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 2019, Mr. Shelander will be teaching Environmental Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEE 175S, CEE 275S).

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 & Academic Advisor
Dr. Ong is a Consulting Associate Professor/Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry (1985), M.S. degree in Water Science (1990), and Ph.D. 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 interest is in encouraging youth creativity, positive mindset and emotional intelligence leadership in sustainability issues. For 2020, Dr. Ong wil be guiding students in Summer Independent Study in Environmental Engineering & Science (CEE 199J, CEE 299J) and mentoring in Machine Learning: Concepts & Applications in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE 103S, CEE 203S).



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