This seminar series equips students and professionals with tools to apply the engineering mindset to problems that stem from climate change, so that they may consider and evaluate possible stabilizing, remedial and adaptive approaches. This is not a crash course on climate change nor policy, but instead focuses on learning about and discussing climate problems that seem most likely to benefit from the engineering mindset as solutions are considered.
Each week, Dr. Leslie Field and/or an expert guest speaker will lead a warm up discussion/activity on the topic of the week, will deliver an introductory lecture in his/her area of expertise, and then wrap up with a class discussion of related challenges/opportunities and possible engineering-orientated solutions. Class members are asked to read up on each week’s lecture topic before class, to submit questions before each lecture, and to submit at brief summary of some key points on the topic following each lecture.
Guest Speakers, Autumn 2014:
- Professor Leslie Field. Climate Change, Polar Ice and Geoengineering Pros and Cons
- Dr.Nasreen Chopra. Solar Industry
- Dr. Sasha Mazo. Solar-Powered Cooling
- Kimberly Wiefling. Creative Problem Solving applied to Climate Challenges
- Dr. Newsha Ajami. Water Policy, Water in the West
- Drs. Rocco Mancinelli and David Smernoff. Bio-produced Feedstocks for Fuels and Sugars
- Jack Rutherford. Green Building, Smart Grid
- Leslie Field Consulting Professor, Electrical Engineering
Graduate seminars may be viewed online at no charge. Students seeking credit for a 1-unit seminar need to enroll in another course in order to meet the 3-credit unit enrollment requirement.
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.