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GILBERT M. MASTERS
MAP EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
B.S. (1961) AND M.S. (1962) UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
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.

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  • Defining a Standard Metric for Electricity Savings Conference on Physics of Sustainable Energy II - Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Renewably Koomey, J., Akbari, H., Blumstein, C., Brown, M., Brown, R., Budnitz, R., Calwell, C., Carter, S., Cavanagh, R., Chang, A., Claridge, D., Craig, P., Diamond, R., Eto, J. H., Fisk, W. J., Fulkerson, W., Gadgil, A., Geller, H., Goldemberg, J., Goldman, C., Goldstein, D. B., Greenberg, S., Hafemeister, D., Harris, J., Harvey, H., Heitz, E., Hirst, E., Hummel, H., Kammen, D., Kelly, H., Laitner, S., Levine, M., Lovins, A., Masters, G., McAuliffe, P., McMahon, J. E., Meier, A., Messenger, M., Millhone, J., Mills, E., Nadel, S., Nordman, B., Price, L., Romm, J., Ross, M., Rufo, M., Sathaye, J., Schipper, L., Schneider, S. H., Socolow, R. H., Sweeney, J. L., Verdict, M., von Meier, A., Vorsatz, D., Wang, D., Weinberg, C., Wilk, R., Wilson, J., Woodward, J., Worrell, E. AMER INST PHYSICS. 2011

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.3653843

    View details for Web of Science ID 000301975900002

  • Defining a standard metric for electricity savings ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Koomey, J., Akbari, H., Blumstein, C., Brown, M., Brown, R., Calwell, C., Carter, S., Cavanagh, R., Chang, A., Claridge, D., Craig, P., Diamond, R., Eto, J. H., Fulkerson, W., Gadgil, A., Geller, H., Goldemberg, J., Goldman, C., Goldstein, D. B., Greenberg, S., Hafemeister, D., Harris, J., Harvey, H., Heitz, E., Hirst, E., Hummel, H., Kammen, D., Kelly, H., Laitner, S., Levine, M., Lovins, A., Masters, G., McMahon, J. E., Meier, A., Messenger, M., Millhone, J., Mills, E., Nadel, S., Nordman, B., Price, L., Romm, J., Ross, M., Rufo, M., Sathaye, J., Schipper, L., Schneider, S. H., Sweeney, J. L., Verdict, M., Vorsatz, D., Wang, D., Weinberg, C., Wilk, R., Wilson, J., Worrell, E. 2010; 5 (1)
  • Energy: Exploiting wind versus coal SCIENCE Jacobson, M. Z., Masters, G. M. 2001; 293 (5534): 1438-1438

    View details for Web of Science ID 000170616000025

    View details for PubMedID 11520970

  • A MECHANISM TO RECONCILE EQUITY AND EFFICIENCY IN GLOBAL CLIMATE PROTECTION - INTERNATIONAL CARBON EMISSION OFFSETS AMBIO Swisher, J., Masters, G. 1992; 21 (2): 154-159
  • BUYING ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE - PROSPECTS FOR TRADING OF GLOBAL CLIMATE-PROTECTION SERVICES CLIMATIC CHANGE Swisher, J. N., Masters, G. M. 1991; 19 (1-2): 233-240