School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

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  • Anjana Richards

    Anjana Richards

    Director of Transition Planning and Implementation, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

    BioAnjana is the Director of Transition Planning and Implementation for Stanford’s new school focused on climate and sustainability. She serves as core programmatic staff for the complex charge of the new school creation and transition, working in close collaboration with faculty leadership and senior administration on all elements of the transition.

    Anjana joined Stanford in 2014. Prior to her current role, Anjana served as Associate Director for Program Strategy for the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and ran E-IPER’s joint MS degree programs. Prior to joining Stanford, she spent ten years driving environmental improvements within manufacturing and research practices, and creating sustainability strategies for large corporate clients. She also worked for five years in community college education, leading multi-stakeholder teams to build clean energy, environmental science, and sustainable campus initiatives, and deliver social innovation programs that served a diversity of communities.

    Anjana brings a sustainability mindset and a practitioner’s lens to her roles in higher education administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business. Anjana enjoys being an active parent and avid traveler to friends, family, and forests near and far.

  • Burke E. Robinson

    Burke E. Robinson

    Lecturer, ChangeX

    BioBurke Robinson has been an adjunct faculty member at Stanford for more than 20 years. He teaches a graduate course each spring, The Art and Science of Decision Making, in the Sustainability Science and Practice Program, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, as well as an undergraduate course each summer, Introduction to Decision Making, in the Management Science & Engineering Department, School of Engineering.

    When we make high-quality decisions, we improve the probability of outcomes we want. By combining the art of qualitative framing and structuring with the science of quantitative modeling and analysis, we then have pragmatic ways to: collaborate with stakeholders, identify relevant issues, craft an inspirational vision, develop creative and viable alternatives, assess unbiased probabilistic information, clarify tangible and intangible preferences, build appropriate risk/reward models, evaluate decisions across a broad range of uncertain scenarios, analyze key sensitivities, appraise further information, and ensure commitment to implementation plans.

    Common-sense rules and decision-making tools provide the essential focus, discipline, and passion we need for clarity of action on significant decisions – from personal choices to organizational decisions about business strategies or public policies. Decision case studies highlight insights about energy economics, mine remediation, ocean resource preservation, bison brucellosis mitigation, nuclear waste storage, hurricane seeding, electric power production, environmental risk management, litigation risk, R&D innovations, venture capital investments, and oil & gas options trading.

    Our normative approach prescribes how decisions should be made from a logical basis of deliberative reasoning when we face a dynamic, complex, and uncertain future world. Lectures include examples of real decisions being made in private and public, business, nonprofit, and government organizations. Group exercises, interactive demonstrations, and "war stories" drawn from decades of decision consulting experience illustrate insights from using state-of-the-art methods of decision analysis. Professional management consultants and skilled practitioners provide guest lectures and discussions.

    Burke is also an avid Stanford sports fan and the official Faculty Athletics Fellow for the men's gymnastics and tennis teams. Unofficially, he assists with recruiting and supports football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming & diving, and cross-country/track & field teams. As a Decision Coach, he advises and mentors students and others as they make significant life decisions about undergraduate majors, graduate programs, internships, career jobs, entrepreneurial ventures, and professional sports opportunities.

    For more information and his CV, please see his personal website