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  • Gilbert Masters

    Gilbert Masters

    Professor (Teaching) of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus

    PH.D. (1966) Electrical Engineering, STANFORD UNIVERSITY

    Gil Masters has focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy systems as essential keys to slowing global warming, enhancing energy security, and improving conditions in underserved, rural communities. Although officially retired in 2002, he has continued to teach CEE 176A: Energy-Efficient Buildings, and CEE 176B: Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3rd edition, 2008), Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems, (2nd edition, 2013), and Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Policy and Planning (2nd edition, 2018). Professor Masters has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at Stanford, including the university's Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Tau Beta Pi teaching award from the School of Engineering. Over the years, more than 10,000 students have enrolled in his courses. He served as the School of Engineering Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1982-1986, and he was the Interim Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1992-93.

  • Perry McCarty

    Perry McCarty

    Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus

    BioPerry L. McCarty, Silas H. Palmer Professor Emeritus, joined the Stanford University faculty in 1962 when he came to help develop the environmental engineering and science program. From 1980 to 1985 he was Chairman of Stanford's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and from 1989 to 2002 served as Director of the Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center. He has a B.S. Degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University (1953), and M.S. (1957) and Sc.D. (1959) degrees in sanitary engineering from M.I.T.

    The focus of his research and teaching has been on water with primary interest in biological processes for the control of environmental contaminants. His early research was on anaerobic treatment processes, biological processes for nitrogen removal, and water reuse. Current interests are on aerobic and anaerobic biological processes for treatment of domestic wastewaters, and movement, fate, and control of groundwater contaminants.

    He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1977 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He received the John and Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1992, the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology in 1997, and the Stockholm Water Prize in 2007.

    Prof. McCarty has over 350 publications, and is coauthor of the textbooks, Chemistry for Environmental Engineering and Science, and Environmental Biotechnology - Principles and Applications.

  • William A McDonough

    William A McDonough

    Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioFor more than 40 years, William McDonough, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, has defined the principles of the sustainability movement and created flagship projects at all scales through his companies McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC. The radical Cradle to Cradle® philosophy he co-created with Michael Braungart and codified in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, is a framework for understanding what we make as biological or technical nutrients that can be returned to the soil or upcycled endlessly, with clean water, renewable energy, and social fairness. What this means for every material and product that humans create is nothing short of a transformative reimagining of how we design, manufacture, and distribute, and upcycle everything in the circular economy powering a positive future for all.

    McDonough has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. He was commissioned in 1991 to write The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for the City of Hannover’s EXPO 2000, still recognized today as a touchstone of sustainable design. In 2002, McDonough co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which is widely acknowledged as a seminal text of the sustainability movement. His latest book, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance was released in 2013. McDonough served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia from 1994 until 1999, where currently serves as Alumni Research Chair and Visiting Executive Lecturer of the Darden School of Business. He is also a founding member of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Council, and he sits on the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at Arizona State University.

    McDonough’s award-winning architecture firm, William McDonough + Partners, is the architect of many recognized flagships of sustainable design, including the Ford Rouge truck plant in Michigan and NASA’s Sustainability Base. To learn more about these and other notable projects, visit ArchDaily’s spotlight on William McDonough. The architecture firm often works with McDonough’s other companies: MBDC, the world’s foremost advisors on material health and the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework; and McDonough Innovation, William McDonough’s product and packaging design, speaking, advising and consulting firm. Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”