My affiliation with civil engineering departments has always been a somewhat unorthodox one, since my research and teaching spans across environmental systems sciences, engineering, statistics and public policy. One of the key aspects I take from civil engineering however is my educational philosophy. The term civil engineer derives from Latin civilis meaning “relating to citizens” and ingeniosus meaning “full of intellect.” Therefore a “civil engineer” uses intellect for the benefit of the public. Correspondingly regardless of the department I teach in, I see my mission as an educator to promote in students these two complementary qualities: (1) technical knowledge, skills and abilities, and (2) motivation and passion to use them for a civic purpose.
Stanford University CEE308 - Disaster Resilience Research Graduate Seminar
Main Instructor. Course description: This course explores past and current research on disaster risk and resilience, towards the development of new frontiers in resilience engineering science research. Designed for PhD students and graduate students engaged in the topic of risk and resilience research.