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Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy
BioProfessor Fischer's research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC). VDC methods support the design of a facility and its delivery process and help reduce the costs and maximize the value over its lifecycle. His research has been used by many small and large industrial government organizations around the world.
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe Fletcher Lab aims to advance water resources management to promote resilient and equitable responses to a changing world.
Sr. Research Scholar
BioJune A. Flora, PhD, is a senior research scientist at Stanford University’s Human Sciences & Technologies Advanced Research Institute (HSTAR) in the Graduate School of Education, and the Solutions Science Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine. June's research focuses on understanding the drivers of human behavior change and the potential of communication interventions. The research is solution focused on behavior change relevant to health and climate change.
Most recently she is studying the role of energy use feedback delivered through motivationally framed online applications; the potential of children and youth delivered energy reduction interventions to motivate parent behavior change, and the effects of entertainment-education interventions to change behavior.
June earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in educational psychology. She has held faculty positions at University of Utah and Stanford University.
Sr Research Engineer
BioDerek 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 research projects include studying lateral dispersion, in stratified coastal flows, the fate and transport of freshwater in river plumes, advanced hydrodynamic measurement techniques, coherent structures in nearshore flows, bio-physical interactions in stratified lakes, fate of contaminated sediments, and secondary circulation and mixing in curved channels.
Derek teaches a variety of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Some of the classes he has offered include Mechanics of Fluids; Rivers, Streams and Canals; Transport and Mixing in Surface Waters; Introduction to Physical Oceanography; Mechanics of Stratified Fluids; Dynamics of Lakes and Reservoirs; Science and Engineering Problem Solving using Matlab; the Future and Science of Water; Hydrodynamics and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Derek spent five years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution studying the dynamics of freshwater plumes for his doctoral thesis. He has also served as a senior lecturer at the University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories in Friday Harbor, Washington.
Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, admitted Autumn 2013
Ph.D. Minor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
BioChris is a design professional, design educator, and design researcher in the fields of Architecture and Infrastructure design. He engages our imminently urban future through design-actionable research of the built environment from a user-centered perspective.
As a design professional, Chris has worked in the offices of Richard Meier & Partners (New York), Rick Joy Architects (Tucson) and Rob Paulus Architects (Tucson). Projects assisted or managed include residential (single and multi-family), commercial and infrastructural typologies. Chris is a licensed architect in the State of North Carolina.
As a design educator, Chris is a former lecturer in the Architecture program at the University of Arizona, and is a former Associate Professor of Architecture (with tenure) in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska. He regularly taught undergraduate and graduate design studios including the NAAB Comprehensive Project, elective courses in Design Methodology and Modern Craft, and advised Design Thesis. In Spring 2013, Chris coordinated the "London | 2013" Program where his funded research prompted coursework titled Hybridized Urban Infrastructures.
Chris is a PhD Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University. During this time, he was also the 2016-2019 Hamamoto Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. He is advised by the founding Director of the Center for Design Research, Professor Larry Leifer, PhD. As a research coordinator for the Urban Futures initiative, Chris applies Design Thinking to demonstrated problems in the built environment including housing, lifeline systems, and urban resilience.
Chris is a co-founding Editorial Board member for Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD Journal), a new peer-review scholarly journal published by the ACSA and printed by Taylor & Francis. He has served as Associate Editor for the issues "Viral," "Simulations," "Open," and "Measured." He has also served as Issue Editor for both "Urbanizing," and "Engineering."
To guarantee exposure to the practices of multiple design disciplines, Chris maintains memberships with SPUR, ACSA, AIA, ASME, and the ASCE, where he additionally serves on the national Infrastructure Resilience Division - Emerging Technology Committee.
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy students and I study sediment and water balances in aging reservoirs, collaborative governance of transnational fresh waters, the design of centralized and decentralized wastewater collection, treatment, and reuse systems in urban areas, and hydrologic ecosystem services in urban areas and in systems for which sediment production, transport, and deposition have significant consequences.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
BioFringer's research focuses on the development and application of numerical models and high-performance computational techniques to the study of fundamental processes that influence the dynamics of the coastal ocean, rivers, lakes, and estuaries.
Director of PBL Lab
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCognitive demands on global learners, VR in teamwork, Sustainability, Wellbeing
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Program Speaker, Stanford Center for Professional Development
Speaker, Stanford Center for Professional Development
BioDr. Ernestine Fu is an Adjunct Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Focused on the transformative effects of technology on humanity, she examines how the next wave of technological innovation and globalization will affect our countries, our societies and ourselves.
She has scaled emerging technology companies for over a decade in sectors ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to defense technology. As a venture capitalist at the early-stage technology fund Alsop Louie Partners, she leads investments in frontier technology startups and supports companies from inception to late-stage scaling. As a global leader, she works with international organizations like Hyundai to lead technology development on novel transformer-class vehicles and DBS Bank to advise on innovation and venture debt financing. As an advisor, board director and executive chairman, she has guided companies on product development, partnerships, growth strategy and M&A. She has been featured in multiple technology and business publications for her work.
At Stanford, she has designed and taught interdisciplinary courses across engineering and medicine: MED/CEE 214 Frontier Technology: Understanding and Preparing for Technology in the Next Economy, CEE 144 Design and Innovation for the Circular Economy, CEE 326 Autonomous Vehicles Studio, MS&E 476 Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital and MS&E 477 Silicon Valley and the U.S. Government: Scaling Business-to-Government Technology.
She has written several publications with colleagues at Stanford. With former Stanford Law School Dean Thomas Ehrlich, she co-authored "Civic Work, Civic Lessons" to encourage community engagement with informed moral and civic judgments. With Nobel Prize energy economist John Weyant, she co-authored "Renewed Energy" to guide future government policy and investment strategies for a sustainable energy future. She has examined how emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and 5G will shape our next economy. Her work has been published in top-ranked academic conferences hosted by ACM and IEEE.
She completed her B.S., M.S., MBA, Ph.D. and postdoc at Stanford University. Graduating with Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa honors, she was awarded the Kennedy Prize for the top undergraduate thesis in engineering and the Terman Award as one of the top thirty graduating seniors in engineering. Her doctoral thesis focused on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions with system bias and transitions of control. She is an inventor on numerous granted or in-process technology patents.
She is the proud wife of a U.S. Navy veteran, and they share a deep interest in philanthropy and civic engagement.