Training Environmental Leaders
Because environmental problems are increasingly complex, their solutions cut across academic disciplines. Traditional graduate programs tend to confine students to a single discipline. The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), hosted by the School of Earth Sciences and engaging faculty from around the university, allows students to combine expertise from the natural and social sciences, engineering, and other fields. In addition to 30 doctoral students, E-IPER serves students pursuing joint master’s degrees in law, medicine, and business.
A World of Computation
The new Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science is dramatically increasing the School of Earth Sciences’ capacity to use computational modeling to solve complex problems in the geosciences. Co-directors Hamdi Tchelepi, associate professor of energy resources engineering, and Biondo Biondi, professor of geophysics, are coordinating a complete hardware renewal as well as a new interdisciplinary graduate program, which offers a master of science degree in computational geosciences.
- Training Environmental Leaders
E-IPER students cross academic disciplines to solve environmental problems.
- Fellowships in Earth SciencesTalented young scholars pursue innovative research thanks to the support of generous donors.
- A World of ComputationComputational modeling offers promise for the geosciences.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
The Stanford Challenge enabled us to mobilize the strengths of the whole university to help solve the greatest challenges of our century. After only five years, our progress is amazing, thanks to the enthusiasm and support of our friends and alumni, and to fundamental changes in the way the university works. Through cross-school initiatives, as well as remarkable changes within the schools, we have seen tremendous growth and productivity.
The last five years have brought great opportunities to the School of Earth Sciences to embrace new challenges in earth, energy, and environmental science. We expanded our faculty and invested in research endeavors totally new to the school. We created new interdisciplinary departments and grew several interdisciplinary degree programs. And we encouraged innovative research and outreach activities that integrate faculty and student expertise from across our departments and beyond. Thanks to The Stanford Challenge and collaborations with our partner institutes, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy, we are leading efforts to solve some of the great societal challenges related to resources and the environment.
We created a new academic department, the Department of Environmental Earth System Science, focused on the life-support systems of the planet—oceans, atmosphere, climate, and land use. The undergraduate Earth Systems Program and the graduate Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)—Stanford’s premier interdisciplinary programs on environment, resources, and sustainability, both housed in the School of Earth Sciences—continue to thrive, training the next generation of leaders to take on some of the most challenging problems of our age.
Looking ahead, the School of Earth Sciences will continue to build on its deep tradition at Stanford—a tradition that goes back to the university’s beginnings in 1891—evolving and changing as science and the world evolve and change. We will continue to pursue fundamental science, working to understand how the world works and to inform decision making, linking knowledge to action in order to solve problems in earth, energy, and environmental science.
Thank you for supporting us in these efforts, for encouraging us in our ambitious goals, and for your generous and enthusiastic participation in The Stanford Challenge.
Pamela A. Matson
Chester Naramore Dean
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies