The purpose of this seminar series course is to help students and professionals develop the tools to apply the engineering mindset to problems that stem from climate change, in order to consider and evaluate possible stabilizing, remedial and adaptive approaches. This course is not a crash course on climate change or policy. Instead we will focus on learning about and discussing climate problems that seem most likely to benefit from the engineering mindset.
Each week, Dr. Leslie Field and/or a guest speaker will lead a short warm up discussion/activity then deliver a talk in his/her area of expertise. We'll wrap up with small-group and full-class discussions of related challenges/opportunities and possible engineering-orientated solutions.
Class members are asked to some background reading before each class and to submit a question before each lecture. Text: "Cold Cash, Cool Climate" by Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D. Additional topical readings will be available on line.
Confirmed Guest Speaker List for Fall 2014:
- 9/26/14 Professor Leslie Field. Ice911. Class Intro, Climate Change, Ice911, Geoengineering
- 10/03/14 Jack Rutherford. Modula S. Green Building and Smart Grid
- 10/10/14 Kimberly Wiefling. Wiefling Consulting. Problem Solving for Climate Challenges
- 10/17/14 Dr. Newsha Ajami. Water in the West. Water, Drought, and Water Policy
- 10/24/14 Doug Stoup. Ice Axe Expeditions. Polar Observations, Field Testing & Engineering
- 10/31/14 Dr. Nasreen Chopra. Alta Devices, SunPower. The Solar Power Industry
- 11/07/14 Dr. Rocco Mancinelli and Dr. David Smernoff. HelioBioSys. Bio-produced Feedstocks for Fuels and Sugars
- 11/14/14 Professor Kate Maher. Geological and Environmental Science. Carbon Sequestration
- 11/21/14 Dr. Sasha Mazo. New World Machines. Solar-Powered Cooling
- 12/05/14 Professor Leslie Field. Ice911. Class Wrap-up, Discuss & Brainstorm (with Alums).
- Leslie Field Consulting Professor, Electrical Engineering
Individuals who wish to view the seminar at no charge are asked to create a my stanford connection account. Once you have created an account, you will be able to access videos via my stanford connection. Make sure you have Silverlight 1.0 or Windows Media Player 9+ installed to view videos. Seminars are available two hours after the lecture occurs on campus and on-demand for the remainder of the quarter. All seminars can be found in the "Current Courses" section of my stanford connection.
We highly recommend watching the course preview to ensure you have the requisite background and understand the scope of material covered.
Tuition & Fees
For course tuition, reduced tuition (SCPD member companies and United States Armed forces), and fees, please click Tuition & Fees.